The EU aims to prepare for the increasing role of space in the future and reap the benefits of space now
Space has become an underlying factor for innovation and change in Europe. For this reason, the EU invests, through Horizon 2020, in the development of a competitive and global European space industry.
Results from space research have various economic and social purposes. In fact, many space-based applications and technologies help to tackle societal challenges, and data collected from space can be exploited on all scientific, public and commercial levels.
Space research for Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies
The main objective of the Horizon 2020 space programme is to stimulate the innovativeness and competitiveness of this industrial sector in order to profit from outcomes stemming from such Research, Development and Innovation activities. As the focus is essentially on industrial progress, the Space Work Programme of Horizon 2020 is part of the Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies Programme. This Work Programme will focus on three European policy priorities in the area:
- The full development of the European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS) under the GALILEO programme
- The advancement of the Earth Observation programme
- The protection of space infrastructures, particularly through the establishment of a European Space Surveillance and Tracking system.
Other issues that the Work Programme will address are:
- Meeting objectives of the Space Industrial Policy, especially in supporting a globally competitive value-chain
- Exploiting European investments in space for the benefits of citizens and science
- Making Europe a world-class partner in space exploration missions and research projects