Europe’s Space Sector: Ministerial Gathering…
- Next week, the future course of Europe’s space sector will be set as ministers of the European Space Agency’s 20 Member States come together in Italy. Find out why the issues on the table are vitally important to all Europeans.
- Ministers in charge of space activities within the 20 ESA Member States and Canada will meet in Naples on 20–21 November to agree on ESA’s future space programs, aiming to boost Europe’s competitiveness and growth along with scientific advances.
- The debate will be wide-ranging: the Agency – an intergovernmental organization of European nations – is one of the few entities in the world active in all areas of space: exploring space and safeguarding the terrestrial environment while boosting our continent’s technical knowhow and economic competitiveness.
European Space Sector Cooperation: The Past…
- European cooperation in space can be traced back to the early 1960s when six European countries formed ELDO, the European Launcher Development Organization.
- In 1962, ESRO, the European Space Research Organization, was signed into being by those same countries and four others.
- Less than 20 years earlier the nations of these visionary leaders had been engaged in total war. That bitter experience made them all the more certain that cooperation rather than competition was how best to engage with the vast unknown territory of space.
- Much more could be done in space by working together than any one nation could match.
- ELDO focused solely on launchers and ESRO on space science, but as the wider economic potential of space became clear a broader organization was needed: the European Space Agency, coming into being in 1975.
- In the years since, ESA has led Europe’s space industry to become a world leader –with a €6 billion annual turnover, employing directly
- 35 000 skilled professionals – in the front rank of the global telecommunications and launcher markets, while Europe’s astronomical, planetary science and Earth science missions are similarly second to none.
- The number of space-related jobs in Europe, when including employment in downstream sectors, is ten times that figure.
European Space Sector: From Meteorology To Telecommunications…
- From meteorology satellites to space-based telecommunications, navigation and environmental monitoring, the space systems that ESA has designed and put in place have helped to strengthen Europe’s strategic independence and our common prosperity.
- To learn about the many and varied impacts ESA has had on Europe and the world read ESA’s new book: The ESA Effect
- Spending on space has turned out to be a solid investment, boosted by a multiplier effect: every €1 invested in space returns several times its value to the wider economy. Investment in space is an investment in knowledge, innovation and inspiration.
European Space Sector: Favoring National Priorities…
- How best to settle a plan of action for space – a realm of infinite possibilities? Historically, ESA has been organized around a very European compromise, embodied in the ESA Convention.
- The only mandatory commitment for ESA Member States is the Agency’s science program, along with its basic research and technology and operational infrastructure funding. Support for the rest of ESA programs is optional. This has proved a remarkably robust and flexible method of organization, allowing Member States to favor national priorities while still reaping the benefits of collective action. / Space Sector /
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ZDNet, on Fri, 09 Nov 2012 01:24:17 -0800
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