End users are the core of the EU Space Programme which is why the EU Space Week features a set of industry focused sessions, the User Consultation Platform.
The User Consultation Platform (UCP) is a periodic forum organised by the European Commission (EC) and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), where users from different market segments meet to discuss their needs for applications, services and data relying on Position, Navigation and Time (PNT), Earth observation and secure governmental communications.
The event involves end users, user associations and representatives of the value chain, such as receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and end users. It also gathers organisations and institutions dealing, directly and indirectly, with the European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS), encompassing Galileo and EGNOS, the EU Earth Observation system, Copernicus, and with GOVSATCOM, the upcoming system for secure governmental communications. The UCP event is a part of the process developed at EUSPA to collect user needs and requirements and take them as inputs for the provision of user driven space data-based services by the EU Space Programme.
The input collected from UCP does not stay in Sevilla but feeds the EU Space Programme: results are compiled in a set of reports that helps policymakers at DG DEFIS market development professionals and satellite engineers at EUSPA, evaluate the current and potential future user needs and requirements to improve existing or introduce new services based on Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus and GOVSATCOM/IRIS2.
"The UCP is one of the most important events for us at EUSPA as it’s a platform where the real beneficiaries of the EU Space Programme gather to analyse their needs, reflect and debate" says EUSPA’s Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market, Downstream & Innovation. "The feedback from stakeholders in rail, agriculture, forestry, maritime just to name a few, is what makes the satellite services evolve. I look forward to meeting you all in Sevilla" she concluded.
8 sessions, 8 different sectors
Agriculture and forestry, rail and public transport and road and automotive are just some of the sessions where relevant stakeholders will confer about how Earth Observation, satellite navigation and satellite communications their sectors more sustainable, secured and efficient.
For the first time, and with its new role there will be a dedicated session Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST). This session focuses on the evolution of the EU SST capability and its services. Users will be consulted on their views on a proposal of advanced services complementary to the existing EU SST services, which may be developed by the EU industry. To stimulate the discussion there will be a roundtable with spacecraft operators representing all orbital regimes.
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