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Proposed by Thierry Breton, the EU Commissioner for space, the European Commission’s connectivity initiative aims to build the most advanced and autonomous European satellite infrastructure for secured connectivity.
The megaconstellation will complement existing terrestrial services to minimise dead zones, giving people access to secure data at all times. This endeavour will help boost the economy, increase competitiveness, and allow sectors such as telemedicine and tele-education to flourish. It will also allow a new range of services for sectors such as inflight and maritime connectivity to be developed that do not yet exist.
Through its Space Systems for Safety and Security, ESA currently supports the European satellite communication industry’s efforts by co-creating innovative solutions and providing secure communication services. ESA also supports the Hub, a 5G/6G centre for innovation based at ESA’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications at Harwell in the UK. The Hub relies on a European-wide network of local offices and competence to engage Europe’s downstream industry and service providers.
Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA, said: “ESA is partnering with the European Commission to improve life on Earth by preparing the most advanced satellite infrastructure for connectivity, potentially using quantum encryption and AI technology.
“We have been working for years with companies of all sizes, entrepreneurs and inventors to co-create and co-innovate, simultaneously boosting the competitiveness of the European space industry and ensuring that Europe’s precious data remains secure in an increasingly digitalised world.”
DATE: 14 JUNE 2021 – 16 JUNE 2021