The range of services that rely on space technologies is so vast (over 30,000!) that a satellite signal failure or disruption would dramatically affect our daily lives. Move your mouse over the poster to learn more.
One of the most used space applications is Earth observation. It allows weather forecasts for up to 9 days. Only the use of geostationary satellites (at 36,000 km) has made such progress possible.
In our daily life we make constant use of satellite communications through digital television, telephone, internet, online banking... More than 3000 TV broadcast channels are available via European satellite operators!
Environment monitoring provides us with crucial information on vegetation, ocean currents, water quality, natural resources, atmospheric pollutants, greenhouse gases and the ozone layer. It helps us to better understand and mitigate climate change.
Satellite observations are crucial in predicting floods and storms, assessing damage, and planning and guiding rescue operations.
Satellite-enabled applications are used for improving the mapping of farm land in need of irrigation, harvest forecasts and fish stocks. This guarantees better food quality and food security whilst safeguarding the environment.
Satellites can significantly improve health care and health education of patients via remote medical support. Satellite data also help prevent and mitigate the risk of outbreaks of communicable diseases or provide air pollution data and forecasts.
Satellite positioning contributes to detecting illegal immigration, preventing cross-border organised crime, and combating piracy at sea by tracking vessels.
The EU is the largest provider of development aid in the world. Space technologies strengthen development efforts, help other countries to develop access to information, raise skill levels and help better manage resources, such as water.
A high level of accuracy in positioning via satellites is part of a modern and reliable transport sector, be it cars, trucks, planes or ships. Solutions include fleet management, vessel and vehicle traceability, collision prevention, speed control, assistance with delicate manoeuvres and the geo-localisation of goods.
"Science of space" answers questions about the origin of life and our place in the Universe. "Science from space" helps to understand climate change and "Science in space" studies the effects of spaceflight on humans and materials
The International Space Station, automatic space probes and preparation for human exploration of the Solar System bring about technologies that have direct applications in everyday life, such as car air bags. Exploration is the most prestigious and fascinating space activity that inspires youth.