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European Space Sector: Investing In Fields With An Immediate Impact On The Economy..!

Allocating €10 Billion For Space Programs…

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(ESA Council at Ministerial Level in Naples on 20 November 2012
Credits: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2012 /)

Space Investments With High Growth Potential…

  • Ministers focused the investments on fields with high growth potential or with a direct and immediate impact on the economy such as telecommunications and meteorology. They approved ESA’s level of resources for 2013-17, the proposals for the domain of Earth Observation and confirmed Europe’s commitment to the exploitation of the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Ministers secured investments for the detailed definition studies of the new launcher Ariane 6 and the continuation of the development of Ariane 5 ME adapted, with the goal to develop as many commonalities as possible between the two launchers. These activities are funded for two years with a decision on the continuation of both launchers to be taken in 2014.

Space Cooperation Between ESA And NASA…

  • Ministers gave the green light for Europe to provide the service module of NASA’s new Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) as an in-kind contribution for ISS operations for 2017–20. This decision is strategically important for Europe as it will enable a cooperation between ESA and NASA on the future human “out of Earth” transportation system.
  • Ministers of ESA Member States approved a Political Declaration towards the European Space Agency that best serves Europe. In doing so, Ministers have initiated a process able to define how ESA can adapt its operations to take benefit of both, its intergovernmental framework and the EU competence in space. They have also stated their willingness to ensure coordination and coherence between the process initiated on the ESA side and the one initiated on the EU side. This Political Declaration was also supported by the Ministers from the 7 EU member States not yet members of ESA present at the meeting.
  • Ministers decided to hold the next Council at ministerial level in spring 2014.
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(Proposal for Ariane 6 / Credits: ESA-D. Ducros, 2012 /)

Investments: Adopted Resolutions…

  • Ministers adopted the following four Resolutions:
  • First, “On the role of ESA in sustaining competitiveness and growth” political and programmatic highlights of the Council;
  • Second, “Level of Resources for the Agency’s Mandatory activities 2013–2017” which cover the science program and basic activities;
  • Third, the renewal of the contribution of ESA Member States to the running costs of the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana; and
  • Fourth, the “Political Declaration towards the ESA that best serves Europe.”
  • The last Resolution initiates a process for the further evolution of ESA. The objective is to capitalize on the competences and the achievements of ESA while taking full benefit of EU policies. The process will ensure the continued success of ESA, Member States and the EU.
  • The Resolutionswill be made available on ESA’s website.

    Ariane 5

    Ariane 5 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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