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Brussels entrusts a study on satellites for internet

EU wants to create constellation to add to Galileo and Copernicus

The New Space economy, characterized mainly by private companies operating in the aerospace and defense sector, is also breaking through in Europe. The European Commission has awarded a six-month, 1.4 million Euro a contract to the New Symphonie consortium to conduct research to identify innovative ideas to create a European constellation for secure broadband connectivity.

Europe must "equip itself with a multi-orbital space connectivity constellation to provide the entire continent with a connectivity infrastructure that ends white zones and provides redundancy with the terrestrial network. This is essential for cybersecurity. To project Europe into quantum cryptography, with civil and military applications, we need to go very far, be very innovative in terms of technology and for strategic reasons not depend on non-European infrastructure. We did it with Galileo and we will do it with the constellation", said the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Thierry Breton, in recent months at the "Paris Air Forum". 

The consortium consists of 22 companies from eight European countries, including the Italian Sitael and Avio. This constellation will be added to those already existing: Galileo (for navigation) which will benefit from a new generation of satellites starting in 2024; Copernicus (for the environment) whose multitude of sensors will evolve to cover even more aspects of climate change and whose challenge is to reposition itself in a rapidly evolving market.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency