Policy and Legislation News
Copernicus, the European Union's flagship programme for Earth Observation and Monitoring, can be used to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as set out by the United Nations (UN), in Europe and worldwide.
02 August 2018
Airbus will work with Việt Nam to develop the country's space sector following a recent letter of intent inked between the company and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
ESA's Director General Jan Wörner and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Ambroise Fayolle signed a joint statement on enhancing the competitiveness of the European space sector by supporting investments in actors of the sector with promising short- or medium-term perspectives on 13 July 2018.
EUMETSAT approves funding for storage of recurrent MTG Satellites, new cooperation agreements with ESA and China and elects new chairman
06 July 2018
Meeting in Oslo, Norway, this week, the EUMETSAT Council approved funding for industrial activities required by EUMETSAT for the long term storage of the four Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) recurrent satellites after their acceptance at the Pre-Storage Reviews, their de-storage, the preparation and execution of their launch campaigns and support to in orbit commissioning.
03 July 2018
On 22 June, Nicolas Chamussy, EVP Space Systems for Airbus Defence and Space and Sarah Parker, SSTL's Managing Director, signed a contract for the provision of a small satellite system and delivery of a training programme for Thailand's THEOS-2 programme.
Airbus and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the UNISPACE+50 conference celebrating half a century of international cooperation in outer space.
WASHINGTON — Planet and Airbus Defense and Space's geospatial division have agreed to co-develop imagery products that leverage both companies' satellites.
JAXA signs Implementation Arrangement (IA) with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) concerning cooperation on validations, improvement, and applications of rainfall products using satellite images and ground measurements
20 June 2018
JAXA and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) signed the Implementation Arrangement (IA) concerning cooperation on validations, improvements, and applications of rainfall products using satellite images and ground measurements.
The UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets 17 Goals to be reached by 2030 including to "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all". In line with the pursuit of this goal, onshore wind is an expanding source of energy in the European Union.
With its full, free and open data policy, Copernicus is a global game-changer in Earth Observation and is supporting a stronger Europe. Since 2014, the Copernicus ecosystem has displayed an annual growth of 17% and the number of users has doubled every year, currently reaching over 150,000. During the period 2017 – 2035, Copernicus is expected to generate €67 to €131 billion in benefits to the European society, which is 10 to 20 times the cost of the programme.
25 May 2018
In a move that could benefit around 22 million farmers, the EU's Common Agricultural Policy has entered the space age. Offering detailed and timely information on crops and farmland, the Copernicus Sentinels are now being used to simplify and modernise this longest-serving EU policy.
26 April 2018
With the launch of Sentinel-3B, the first set of Sentinels for Copernicus is now in orbit delivering an almost mind-boggling amount of data. While this wealth of information advances environmental monitoring, it also opens up huge business opportunities. To help bring these data to market, ESA and SAP have joined forces to create the World Space Alliance.
After two years of intensive brainstorming and talks, Copernicus EMS and International Charter agreed how to join forces to better understand and manage the impact of emergencies and large disasters.
18 April 2018
China and Finland have signed an agreement to establish a joint research center for Arctic space observation and data sharing services, the China Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced.
On 10 April 2018, the European Commission launched the Innovation Radar – a data-driven online tool to help match innovators with those who can help get their innovations to market.
Scepter Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, unveiled plans 22 March to launch a constellation of satellites to provide global atmospheric monitoring services for government and commercial customers.
22 March 2018
ESA's former Earth Science Advisory Committee has been changed, in name and in fact. Now called the Advisory Committee for Earth Observation, it is the senior advisory body to the Director of Earth Observation Programmes, acting as the Director General's representative, on all matters concerning Earth sciences included in ESA's Earth observation science programme.
22 March 2018
According to this year's Global Risk Report by the World Economic Forum, water crises are one of the five biggest risks to society. ESA is working with development banks to help water-resource authorities use information from satellites to manage this precious resource.
The Polish Space Agency (POLSA) is currently consulting on its draft National Space Program under which it aims to spend close to 1.43 billion Polish zloty ($420 million) over an eight-year period. Senior agency officials say the program will allow them to team up Polish space industry players with foreign partners to develop two new satellites and acquire developed technologies.
On 03 March 2018, on the occasion of the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2), JAXA and ESA held an Inter-Agency Meeting to discuss furthering their bilaterall cooperation. In the meeting JAXA and ESA announced a joint statement concerning the results of the studies of the Joint Working Groups established last May and future collaboration between the two agencies.
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