The EU Space Programme

The EU Space Programme consists of several flagship programmes:

  • Copernicus is Europe´s Earth observation programme. Through its land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management, and security services, Copernicus supports a wide range of applications including environmental protection, management of urban areas, regional and local planning, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, health, transport, climate change, sustainable development, civil protection, and tourism.
  • Galileo is EU´s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), providing improved positioning and timing information with significant positive implications for many European services and users. It allows users to know their exact position with greater precision than other available systems and supports emergency response and Search & Rescue. Galileo also enhances European innovation, contributing to the creation of new products, services and jobs.
  • EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, is EU´s regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). It is used to improve the performance of global navigation satellite systems, such as GPS and Galileo. It has been deployed to provide safety of life navigation services to aviation, maritime and land-based users over Europe.

EU Space makes a significant contribution to Europe’s security, which is set to increase with the launch of the GOVSATCOM secure communications programme. It also establishes the European Union as a global power in space, ensuring Europeans to benefit from the economic and societal benefits that space has to offer.

Thanks to the services and applications it enables, from atmospheric monitoring and precision farming to safer aviation and automated driving, and its contribution to the EU economy and society, EU Space has become indispensable to the lives of Europeans.

EU SPACE Programme Overview factsheet.

Updated: May 11, 2021