Verliert die EU bei der Raumfahrt den Anschluss? – Der Standard Podcast Edition Zukunft

June 21, 2024 | Media

It has taken many years, but now it is finished and ready for launch: the European launcher Ariane 6. The huge rocket was manufactured in 13 different European countries, including Austria. On July 9, it is due to be launched from the European spaceport in French Guiana, giving Europe independent access to space once again. But what does that actually mean? And how important is the rocket for Europe and our future? Nina Klimburg-Witjes, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna, talks about this in the Edition Zukunft podcast. Klimburg-Witjes has accompanied the construction of the rocket for years in various European countries. In the podcast, she explains why a new global race for space has begun, whether Europe could lose out to other countries and companies and what space missions have to do with colonial history. The conversation between Nina Klimburg-Witjes and Jakob Pallinger can be listened to here.