EU Space Policy Conference 2015

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ASAS partecipa ai lavori della Conferenza sulla Politica Spaziale Europea ““EU Space Policy Confronted With the Rising Demand for Services and Applications”


Si segnala inoltre un articolo di approfondimento sulla Conferenza e sulle dichiarazioni di Elzbieta Bienkowska, Commissario per il mercato interno e responsabile per la Space Policy.


The European Commission on Jan. 28 confirmed that it will continue using Europeanized Russian Soyuz rockets to launch Europe’s Galileo positioning, navigation and timing satellites despite the rocket’s recent anomalies.

In a concurrent announcement, the commission’s new space director, Elzbieta Bienkowska, said her top policy initiative in 2015 is to create a single European market for high-resolution satellite imagery to force owners of high-resolution satellites to offer their products on a nondiscriminatory basis throughout the 28-nation European Union.

In announcing the Soyuz decision, whose sensitivity was such that it required a meeting of the European College of Commissioners — all 28 European Union members plus the European Commission president — Bienkowska said the priority should be getting Galileo in service as quickly as possible.

Bienkowska said that under her mandate, she has set as a goal the start of early Galileo global navigation services by 2016 — which would require 10-12 satellites in orbit — and that full service from a 30-satellite constellation should begin by late 2020.

Bienkowska also said she is crafting a directive that would make it easier for customers in EU nations without high-resolution Earth observation satellites to get access to data. She said nations with their own satellites had not been fair or transparent in their dealings with other governments and customers. She acknowledged that these imagery-supplier nations will object to her directive, but she said it remains her highest-priority initiative for 2015.

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