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New infrastructure in Kerguelen Islands, key for the continued Galileo Service Provision

22 September 2021
The construction of a new Galileo Sensor Station in the Kerguelen Islands, in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF), was recently completed. The installation of the infrastructure has now begun and will be followed by integration and testing of the GSS apparatuses, which will continue until May 2022 to ensure its robust functioning in view of the forthcoming Galileo satellites launches.
Considered one of the Earth’s most isolated islands, Kerguelen Islands are still part of Europe. Photo taken by Copernicus Sentinel-2

5 ways the EU Space Programme makes urban mobility more sustainable

20 September 2021
The 20th EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK is on! This year’s motto is ‘Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Mobility’ paying tribute to the hardships felt by Europe – and the world – throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Space is a significant booster in the development of new, intelligent mobility solutions as well as the monitoring of important urban infrastructures.
Today and tomorrow’s Intelligent Transport Systems rely on space data and services, including EU space.

EUSPA back on the road for a series of September events

13 September 2021
After a year of digital events, EUSPA greeted autumn with two events in physical format. Startup OLÉ and European Rover Challenger were two great opportunities for EUSPA to showcase EU Space success stories and opportunities to the old and new EU Space community.
By leveraging EU space opportunities, EUSPA is supporting young innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs devise new solutions for global challenges.

Put your hack hat on, the 2nd Cassini Hackathon registrations are open!

10 September 2021
The 2nd CASSINI Hackathon is set for 5-7 November 2021 and will tackle the challenge of connecting the Arctic with European satellite technologies. But where will the Hackathon take place? From Croatia to Iceland, this truly pan-European project is set to make an impact all across Europe!
If you are a skilful innovator in Europe, you are invited to participate in the CASSINI Hackathon at one of our ten locations.

Connecting Europe Express (CEE) is coming to a city near you! Hope on for a scenic ride and let the EU Space Programme show you the way!

06 September 2021
The convoy composed of rolling stock provided by various European rail operators has already started its journey of 20.000 km. It is set to travel across the Union. To keep passengers, train spotters and rail aficionados in the loop about its location, we have equipped CEE with a Galileo and EGNOS device, which is retransmitting its precise position. Ready to catch it?
As part of the European Year of Rail, a special EU train will criss-cross the continent from 2 September to 7 October 2021.

Executive Director da Costa welcomes PM Andrej Babiš at Prague Headquarters to celebrate EUSPA

03 September 2021
The EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa welcomed Prime Minister Andrej Babiš at the agency’s headquarters on the occasion of 9 years of #EUSpace in Prague. Mr Babiš had the opportunity to experience first-hand cutting-edge applications that leverage data from the EU Space Programme.
EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babiš, and Deputy Prime Minister, Karel Havlíček.

The augmentation service providers map supporting Galileo is now available!

02 September 2021
The interactive world map is an online tool to help find information about augmentation service providers that support Galileo. By clicking on each country, the map shows the names of the Galileo-ready providers along with the name and type of service and coverage.
Augmentation service providers map

#myEUspace competition goes live and invites you to disrupt Europe’s technological tomorrow! Are you ready for it?

01 September 2021
It is official! Following the success of the previous innovation competitions, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) announces today #myEUSpace! The EUSPA-led competition targets innovators and entrepreneurs ready to develop and commercialise innovative solutions that leverage EU space data and services. It goes beyond the current space-applications horizon, fusing and testing new technologies in location-based services, smart mobility, smart agriculture, geomatics, and for the first time, quantum technologies.
Aspiring start-uppers, serial innovators, seasoned entrepreneurs can apply, by 15th November 2021 (23:59 CET).

EU Space services to back up Europe’s Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS)

30 August 2021
To ensure EU-wide interoperability, real-time, precise train positioning and high levels of safety, ERTMS could switch to EU space solutions. EUSPA-funded project CLUG, has made concrete steps towards providing a cost-efficient train tracking solution based on satellite technology together with other sensors and data.
Three test trains, one per Rail Operator (SNCF, DBN Netz and SBB/Siemens), are used to collect real data.

2021 EGNOS Workshop - mark your calendars!

23 August 2021
The EGNOS Annual Workshop is the opportunity to catch up on the latest developments of Europe’s Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS). This year, the workshop will be live-streamed on 2 December 2021.
The workshop will be built around presentations and videos, focusing on success stories and concrete examples of the benefits that EGNOS keeps offering to European users

EUSPA is gearing up for a set of events this September! Will you join us?

17 August 2021
EUSPA is hitting the road in September after more than a year of hiatus in physical events! Starting from Startup Ole from 6-10 of September, and while observing the necessary COVID hygiene rules, our staff will be present in a set of conferences and exhibitions!
More details about our stands, registration links will become available soon. Hope to see you there!

1st CASSINI hackathon stirs enthusiasm among #EUSpace innovators

09 August 2021
Hundreds of participants came together from 18-20 June 2021 to hack the future of our green spaces with European space technologies. EUSPA supported the hackathon with various experts and market development professionals who helped participants elaborate and finetune their solutions.
CASSINI is the European Commission’s new initiative to support innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs in the space industry, including New Space, during 2021-2027.

EU Parliament calls for fast adoption of satellite-based train localization in railway signalling

02 August 2021
The European Union Agency for the Space Programme has been supporting on a long-term basis the EU railway industry, infrastructure managers, and operators in the complex task of introducing satellite-based localization into the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) as the flagship for interoperable railway signaling within the EU.
Galileo and EGNOS will deliver integrity, improve availability and enhance accuracy for such safety critical applications as railway signaling.

EU Space 4 green and digital transition

30 July 2021
Galileo and EGNOS contribute to the rollout of sustainable transport modes by reducing aviation emissions, and optimizing routes on land and at sea. At the same time, when working in synergy, EGNSS and Copernicus can contribute to smart and sustainable farming techniques.
The use of satellite navigation systems such as Galileo in road vehicles can reduce journey times by more than 10%, and thus contribute to curbing emissions of harmful and polluting substances.

Space Crossroads wraps up its first season

26 July 2021
The online series Space Crossroads has just concluded its first season. During 7 episodes, EUSPA hosted experts, investors, and big players sharing their experience with space and innovation. The webcasts have created a supportive environment to bring ideas closer to the market and have enabled a networking space in the Q&A session of each episode.
EUSPA thanks all the participants who joined the first season of Space Crossroads and looks forward to seeing you in September with fresh episodes and new distinguished guests.