The second meeting of the Space Council ?± concomitant meeting of the ESA Council at ministerial level and of the European Union Competitiveness Council (Internal Market/Industry/Research) ?± was held at the Kiem Conference Centre in Luxembourg today. In consultation with private and public stakeholders, the Space Council is working on the definition of a coherent space policy and associated programmes, covering the activities of the EU, ESA and their Member States. The objective is to endorse, at the third Space Council meeting planned for November this year, a European space policy and European space programme for the period to 2013. Info extracted from ESA
PR29-2005- 7 June 2005
Canadian space companies and their industry partners from Finland have been selected to develop four remote-sensing projects through a unique international partnership that will promote the commercial potential of satellite products and services for both Canada and Finland. Source at newswire
"Building the European Research Area of knowledge for growth?Æ. This central theme is inspired directly by the stated desire to make the ?´Lisbon Strategy?? a success and to set out the ?¨growth triangle?Æ formed by research, education and innovation policy. The Commission??s proposal to establish the Seventh Framework Programme has been before the Council and European Parliament for examination since the beginning of April 2005.
For the first time the document reveals the likely components of the policy, namely: a strategy outlining objectives; a definition of the roles and responsibilities of the main actors; a European Space Programme identifying the priorities of the main actors; and a set of implementing principles. Info extracted at CORDIS
Vexcel Corporation, a world leader in remote sensing technologies and services, announced today that it recently acquired the assets of Synoptics, a Netherlands-based remote sensing company and provider of satellite-based geo information and geographical information systems (GIS).
The paper responds to the desire of EU and ESA Member States in the ?´Space Council?? to:
The European Commission has now outlined the first elements for a European Space Policy, which is expected to be devised and approved before the end of 2005. Today??s communication (COM(2005)208 final identifies the roles and responsibilities in space policy of the EU, Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA) and other stakeholders and the relevant funding sources and instruments. The Commission also specifies priorities, funding principles and an approach to developing a broad industry policy for Europe as a whole. Info resource European Commission
A consultation meeting to review achievements of NERC??s investments into ESA??s environmental science programmes and future requirements for EOEP-3 The Natural Environment Research Council is to hold a consultation meeting on 27 June in London to review its spending on the European Space Agency's environmental science programmes and future requirements for the Earth Observation Envelope Programme. Info extracted from NERC and ResearchResearch
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