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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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24/04/2015 - 19:38

Does Saturn’s moon Mimas have an underground ocean? EU-funded researchers think this is a distinct possibility. The clues are in the way the moon wobbles, which scientists now understand better. This breakthrough and others made by the ESPaCE project are providing new insights into the origins of our solar system. Read more

24/02/2015 - 11:23

Thriving settlements on Mars, mining operations on the moon, exploration teams heading out into the universe — humankind may one day be able to establish a presence far beyond its home planet. The EU-funded SR2S project strives to remove one of the main obstacles by developing a magnetic shield to protect astronauts from radiation in deep space. Read more

28/01/2015 - 18:12

Solar eruptions release huge amounts of energetic particle radiation. While most of these events will only affect satellites and other spacecraft, particularly large eruptions will also make themselves felt on Earth – in aviation and radio communication, for example. The EU-funded SEPServer project has developed a web-based tool to help scientists investigate solar energetic particles (SEP) and their origin. 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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