THE EUROPEAN Space Agency has been battling to save face after the launch of its most sophisticated telecommunications satellite went wrong, sending it into an unplanned orbit that would prevent its technology from working properly.

Artemis has had US$850 million lavished upon it, so that it would provide sophisticated communications and global positioning navigations services, especially to transport operations. Other key uses will entail the relaying of data between satellites and also mobile sat-comms between moving units, such as ...

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