European Union eyes enhanced leadership in space with proposed 16-bln-euro program

Blanche Robertson
June 9, 2018

The Commission added it would continue to rely on the expertise of the European Space Agency (ESA) but would also set up an "EU Agency for the Space Programme", which it stressed would not compete with the former.

- Euro 9.7 billion for the Galileo and EGNOS Galileo and EGNOS Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems to complement and maintain the array of satellites, develop a stronger signal and support the commercial exploitation of satellite navigation services for the autonomous and interconnected cars, the internet of things, smart phones and traffic management.

Some 5.8 billion euros are allocated for the EU's earth observation program, Copernicus, which has seven satellites already in orbit for earth observation.

"The EU will ensure that the increase in financial investment is supported by efficient decision-making so that all EU space activities are rolled out on time and on budget", the Commission said. The Agency of the European Global Navigation Satellite System will be renamed "EU Space Program Organization" and will increasingly support the exploitation and penetration of space the EU institutions.

It has been suggested that United Kingdom ministers may use their seat on the ESA's space council to slow down procurement for the satellite programme should the European Union continue to argue that the country has to give up its central role when it leaves the bloc.

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As per the report, the digital crown will, however, continue to rotate, just as it has so far, to navigate through content. It's already proven its worth on devices like MacBook trackpads and iPhone home buttons.

He wrote: "Let us think European, I mean really European. Space data can help our industries lead on the Internet of Things and automated driving, and help us more accurately monitor greenhouse gas emissions to make our climate action more effective than ever before".

"Europe, this is to say at least the EU, ESA and their respective member states together, must join forces ..." But we need to up our game.

With the creation of a European Innovation Council, which supports start-ups and SMEs during the whole cycle of market creating innovation, Europe will get a fully fledged programme that aims to turn first class research into business opportunities.

Senior EU officials insisted that the European commission was not engaged in a "power grab", and that Wörner's comments had been made before he saw the published proposal.

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