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Space research is fundamental to ensuring that EU space policy continues to provide cutting-edge solutions to everyday societal problems. It also benefits EU citizens and ensures that Europe remains competitive in space activities.

Europe has been active in the space sector for several decades and its activities encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from rocket launchers and space exploration to space-based applications that provide new services to society. EU space policy and research has been supported through framework programmes. The current programme, Horizon 2020, covers the period from 2014 to 2020. This support is critical to the ongoing development of the space sector, in particular:

  • it helps to sustain a competitive space industry (including manufacturers, service providers and operators) and research community;
  • it provides support to develop appropriate technologies and services, necessary for the development and exploitation of new systems;
  • it encourages the research community, as well as the private sector, to intensify their efforts and investments in the space sector.

Space research is contributing to enhance EU industrial competiveness. It plays also a vital role in tackling many kinds of societal challenges, for example - climate change by ensuring comprehensive monitoring of our planet using space-based Earth Observation systems.


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Events

From 09/11/2015 - 01:00 to 13/11/2015 - 01:00
Mexico City, Mexico,

The GEO-XII Plenary and the 2015 Ministerial Summit, as well as all the associated meetings and events will take in Mexico City from 9 to 13 November 2015. Read more

News

01/06/2015 - 17:23

The Group on Earth Observations is pleased to announce the kick-off of the GEO 2015 Short Video Competition for the GEO-XII Plenary and Ministerial Summit. Read more

Project stories

23/06/2015 - 17:03

The TeraComp project has developed a state-of-the-art ‘terahertz receiver’ that may help detect traces of life in space. The technology could be used in a ‘sub-millimeter spectrometer’ for measuring wavelengths of light during the first ESA mission to Jupiter’s moons, planned for launch in 2022. Read more

10/06/2015 - 14:43

The EU large scale research project AtlantOS aims to advance Atlantic ocean observation to become more integrated, more efficient and more sustainable. Read more

09/06/2015 - 15:50

Today’s most ambitious planetary and lunar exploratory missions pin their hopes on rovers to capture scientific data. Getting the rover to move around is complex and can rely among other technologies, on a harmonic drive. Crucial to positioning, this special gear is light in weight, compact and accurate. Read more

Publications

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

Press Release

08/04/2015 - 18:50

Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. Read more

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