EOcafe: EUSPA – A New Agency for Europe

A New Player in Copernicus

Thursday 14th of January 2021, 16:00-16:45 CET

For over 15 years, the European GNSS Agency, (GSA) has contributed to the management, service provision and security of of the EU flagship satellite systems Galileo and EGNOS. The GSA, which is to become the EU Space Programme Agency (EUSPA) in early 2021, will have an extended mission and additional responsibilities.

The renamed and expanded agency will continue to support the exploitation and market uptake of EU Space activities. As stated in the EU Space programme, it will also play a more significant role in ensuring the security of all programme components. The EUSPA will converge EU capacities to monitor the Earth’s near surroundings and support the market development of the Copernicus Earth Observation (EO) satellite system. As a key contributor of the EU Space programme with new missions under Copernicus, the agency will be an important partner for the Earth Observation industry and EARSC in the future.

As one of the GSA’s mission is to maximise adoption of European GNSS across user markets segments –  and with almost two billion phones already using Galileo, it is certainly  on the right track – it will be interesting to see how the agency will use its expertise and market intelligence acquired with Galileo to address new responsibilities under Copernicus and find synergies between the two EU flagship programmes. The EOcafe will focus especially on two segments in which both EO and GNSS technologies play a significant role: agriculture and smart cities.

By explaining the new EUSPA’s vision and providing concrete examples of the agency’s support to the GNSS community, our discussion will help us understand what can be done for Copernicus and the EO downstream services sector in the future.

In this EOcafe we will discuss the following:

  • What will be the role of the new EUSPA? What is your vision for the agency?
  • The GSA has played a strong role in the market development activities for Galileo and EGNOS. Now, with EUSPA’s broader mandate, how do you see the integration of Galileo current activities to its future activities with Copernicus?
  • Considering that the EO services industry differs from the positioning systems markets, what are the possible synergies between both?
  • Could you provide examples of successful supporting measures in the agriculture and smart cities segments?
  • What measures/actions could be implemented to support the EO downstream services industry sector in these two segments?

Our host Geoff SAWYER, EARSC’s Strategic Advisor and former Secretary General will exchange with three special guests:

  • Fiammetta DIANI, Head of Market Development Department,European GNSS Agency
  • Justyna REDELKIEWICZ, Head of Sector LBS, Market & Technology, European GNSS Agency
  • Eduard ESCALONA ZORITA, Market Development Innovation Officer, European GNSS Agency

Registration: This webinar is open to ALL but priority will be given to EARSC members. Registration is free but compulsory. Please click on the following link to register by the 14th of January at 11:00 (CET).

EOcafe Registration

Please note this is a virtual event! The details will be sent on Thursday 14th of January by noon.

EOcafe is part of a series of EARSC meetings that offer timely, relevant, and practical information on a broad variety of topics related to the EO sector. Join us every two weeks to discuss and network while enjoying a cup of coffee with friends.

• The use of a video camera is not mandatory but encouraged to facilitate better interaction among the attendees and the guest speaker(s).
• The EOcafe will stay open after 16:45 in case our guests want to continue the discussion.

If you have any questions or you want to know more about the EOcafes please contact Natassa (Natassa.antoniou@earsc.org).

Please find the recording of the EOcafe here.

You can also read the Geoff’s blog on the topic here:

Author: EARSC

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