An industrial team led by Telespazio has been tasked with carrying out a feasibility study on future EU Earth-Observation services for governmental use

23 January 2024

Today 23rd January 2024 during the European Space Conference  in Brussels, Telespazio, as the leader of a consortium of European companies, has signed a contract for the “Study on potential EU Earth-Observation services for governmental use” with the European Commission, DG-DEFIS, to study the feasibility of a new service for sensitive applications in the areas of security and defence that can valorise the considerable and heterogeneous amount of available data, including the ones provided by the EU’s satellites for Earth observation.

Together with Telespazio (Italy), the consortium includes Airbus (France), e-GEOS (Italy), Geoville (Austria), Hisdesat (Spain), Leonardo (Italy), PWC (France) and Thales Alenia Space (Italy).

The industrial team is also supported by highly qualified subcontractors such as Constellr (Germany), DefSecIntel (Estonia), Endurosat (Bulgaria), GAF (Germany), Hensoldt Analytics (Austria), ISDEFE (Spain), Planetek Hellas (Greece), Preligens (France), Spacemetrics (Sweden), Telespazio France (France) and Thales Alenia Space (France).

EU institutions and Member States will benefit from a geo-information infrastructure for sharing and producing added value data and products of very high quality, which can be used to provide new capacities in synergy with other European and national programmes and initiatives.

Additionally, highly advanced European technologies (such as secure cloud, data fusion and artificial intelligence) will be considered, ensuring the operational needs of the governmental user community can be met.

This feasibility study will allow the Commission to assess the different technical and programmatic options for the potential development of the service in the EU  Multiannual Financial Framework 2028-2034.

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