News By/Courtesy: Daksh Dave | 30 Jun 2020 23:18pm IST

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  • EU
  • Space
  • Competition in space

The European Union is plowing more money into rocket launchers, satellite communication, and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, said its space chief on Sunday. Over the past decades, Europe has tried to develop independent space-access from US and Russian pioneers to support its industry, with achievements such as Ariane rockets or Galileo 's GPS-rival satnav. But the recent advent of US SpaceX competitor and its reusable rockets, as well as China's rapid developments, including the first-ever to land on the far side of the Moon last year, are bringing new urgency to the world. Space is one of the strengths of Europe and we are giving ourselves the means to speed up, "said European Commissioner Thierry Breton, whose brief covers the space industry, in an interview with Reuters. Breton, former French IT company head Atos, said that the EU budget will be used for the first time to fund new rocket launch technologies, including reusable ones.

“The EU will, for the first time, sign a EUR 1 billion agreement with Arianespace with guaranteed orders to make it more visible in exchange for more innovation. "SpaceX has redefined the standards for launchers, so Ariane 6 is a necessary step, but not the ultimate goal: we must start thinking about Ariane 7, "Breton said. Breton, who hopes the European Commission will provide EUR 16 billion for space in its next budget, said that it would propose a EUR 1 billion European Space Fund to boost start-ups. It also wants to launch a competition to offer free access to satellites and launchers for start-ups, to promote innovation. For the Galileo satnav network, Breton said that by the end of 2024, instead of 2027, it will push forward the launch of a new generation of satellites, “the most advanced in the world,” capable of communicating with each other and delivering a more reliable signal. This aims to deploy a new satellite network capable of providing high-speed Internet connectivity to all Europeans and to start work on a Space Traffic Management system to prevent collisions, made more possible by a rapid rise in the number of satellites.

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 01 Jul 2020 0:04am IST


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