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FP6 research activities

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The primary objective of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) 2002-2006 was to support the European strategy for space with appropriate 'application-oriented' research activities, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). The budget allocated to FP6 for the duration of the programme was €1.182 billion.

The following areas were supported in the framework of FP6:

  • satellite navigation;
  • positioning and timing systems for the Galileo programme;
  • Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES)  - now Copernicus;
  • satellite telecommunications.

Within these areas, GMES (now Copernicus) was cited as the central pillar of FP6 as it relates to space.

All space-related aspects of the work programme were closely coordinated with ESA. Emphasis was placed on activities that complement the work of space agencies, such as those related to the integration of terrestrial and space-based systems and services.

Information on FP6 space projects, co-financed by the European Commission, can be found in the following publication:

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