The next decade will prove crucial for the Russian space program to be implemented from the period 2006-2015. The Economic Development and Trade Ministry, as well as the Ministry of Finance, will now coordinate this document more quickly. "We examined the program's innovative, intermediate and passive versions," Roskosmos (Federal Space Agency) director Anatoly Perminov noted. "We opted for an intermediate version, after heeding 305-billion-ruble budgetary appropriations,". Info resource at Russian news & information agency
(AGI) - Ancona, May 20 - The industry of the future cannot ignore space as a business factor, as well as European countries cannot do otherwise than overcome terrestrial frontiers to look for new strategies in quality of life. This perspective implies consistent investments in research and technology some do not want to face as the represent a certain risk potential. These were topics discussed at Ancona University during the conference of Italian university rectors, covering all topics related to space activities in five sessions. After Genoa and Naples the expert group arrived in Ancona to discuss "a European space policy: new strategies for innovation and competitiveness". Discussion was based on the seventh EU programme waiting to be definitely approved by the European Parliament. Info extracted from Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
European Space Imaging announced that the company has started the distribution of imagery from the new IRS-RESOURCESAT-1 satellite to customers in Europe and North Africa. RESOURCESAT-1 collects imagery at resolutions ranging from 5 to 60 meter which complements European Space Imaging??s product suite of very high resolution IKONOS imagery of up to 80 cm resolution. Point of contact for media: European Space Imaging GmbH
EADS Astrium has been awarded a contract from the Korea Aerospace and Research Institute, KARI, to design and manufacture the first Korean multi-function geostationary satellite ?®COMS?∆. The highly advanced COMS satellite has three payloads; one for meteorology, one for ocean observation and one for communications. Info source at www.eads.net
UNOSAT is a United Nations initiative to provide the humanitarian community with access to satellite imagery and Geographic Information System (GIS) services. The goal of UNOSAT is to make satellite imagery and geographic information easily accessible to the humanitarian community and to experts worldwide working to reduce disasters and plan sustainable development. To do this UNOSAT Group acquire satellite images from all commercial providers.
Invitation To Tender (ITT) on the DUE, "Innovator - User Partnership " has been published on EMITS (ref. AO4808) with a closing date of 28 Juy 2005.
Companies are invited to submit bids for implementing and demonstrating innovative information services responding to the general objectives of the DUE programme.
One or several targeted end-users who are expected to benefit substantially from the proposed services are to be identified and engaged in advance and shall participate actively in the project. Service and product requirements are to be specified in advance at the initiative of the bidding team.
Source information ESA
Various pieces of research have proved that they bring benefits, including significant economic benefits, to all stakeholders in a community, and to the community in its entirety. What is vital, however, is that the standards produced are appropriate, in particular that they meet the needs of the sector, are workable, and are produced and revised in a timely manner. This requires ongoing liaison with all stakeholders. The development of standards in the area of geographic information has been ongoing for some years now, with a considerable number of standards in the ISO 19100 series developed by ISO/ Technical Committee (TC) 211 and published since 2000. source at http://www.isotc211.org
The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) held its first meeting at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Headquarters in Geneva on May 3-4. Government representatives from 60 nations and the European Commission as well as members from over 40 international and intergovernmental organizations participated.
This survey contains not only all European countries with an existing NGIA, but also those which are still trying to establish one. The report can be downloaded at www.eurogi.org
Alcatel and Finmeccanica are delighted with the decision of the European Commission which has given its approval for the creation of the two companies, Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio.
source at spacenewsfeed
By tabling the first
?¨Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP)?Æ the Commission has
adopted a coherent and integrated response to the objectives of the renewed
Lisbon strategy. Running from 2007 to 2013,
it proposes a budget of more than EUR 4 billion over the 7 year period.
The proposal was
2005. It will be available soon on this page. The proposal will be
transmitted to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and
Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
Towards a Europe of Knowledge and Innovation, the EIROforum paper on science policy
Enterprise Europe, Brussels, 21 April 2005 ñ An opportunity to develop and test better services in support of innovation management is now open with the publication of a call for tender by the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. The call will be open until 31st May 2005 and the total available budget is Ä5m.
Strategic plan for Earth observation system released
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a broad government plan April 18 that aims to foster a better understand of the Earth as an integrated system. The Integrated Earth Observation System (IEOS) will be the U.S. component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), a long-range plan involving almost 60 countries dedicated to improving collection and sharing of data from weather stations, satellites, ocean buoys and other observation instruments all over the world.
The political context and objectives for this proposal are set out in the communication "Building the ERA of knowledge for growth" presented at the same time by the Commission.
Knowledge is at the core of the Lisbon agenda, and underpins all its elements. Research and technology are, together with education and innovation, the components of the "Triangle of knowledge".
To become the "most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world" while maintaining the "European Model", Europe must increase its research effort to 3% of EU GDP and better exploit its capacities in this field, transforming scientific results into new products, processes and services.
Alongside the Member states and in close cooperation with them, the EU must mobilise its legal and financial tools towards this goal, starting with the research Framework Programme.