Last October, Eurisy participated in the United Nations/International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: "Ensuring Inclusiveness through Space-based Applications and Space Exploration". The workshop- organised in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) taking place in Washington DC this year, had as a main objective the idea of providing insights on how space applications contribute to empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, demonstrating that space applications can help achieve the SDGs.
To grow the island nation’s fledgling space industry, Eurisy member, the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) partnered with the European Space Agency to set-up a new Earth Observation R&D grant scheme, the first of its kind in Malta, to stimulate and support the competitiveness of the Maltese downstream satellite-based services sector.
Every year Eurisy Members gather for a full day to learn more about what Eurisy achieved during the year and to discuss future activities. The Members’ Day represents also an opportunity for the members to network and exchange views on space applications and initiatives around Europe. This year it was hosted by the Moroccan Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale (CRTS) which welcomed the team and member representatives on 7 December in the charming city of Rabat.
Companies, governments, and individuals recognise Big Data and Open Data policies as drivers of innovation and growth. Satellite data is undoubtedly part of this Big Picture. But where does it stand? The EC, SMEs and civil society shared with us their views and expectations on Big Data.
With Big Data and Open Data policies on everybody’s lips, 2015 confirmed that these trends are here to stay. Companies, governments, and individuals recognise them as drivers of innovation and growth. Satellite data is undoubtedly part of this Big Picture. But where does it stand?
The Committee of the Regions was among the first user organisations to pick on the potential of satellite services and their use in the Regions. (working notably with Eurisy since 2007). End 2014, the organisation produced another opinion on an EC consultation on the importance of the use of satellite services in the Blue Economy. But for the CoR to go further in its recommendations, industry and SMEs should be more present
Dr. Gediminas Vaitkus is the owner of Geomatrix UAB, a small Lithuanian company that has successfully participated in the development of Copernicus core services. It specialises in automated geospatial data processing. Now that the Sentinels are being launched, we asked Dr. Vaitkus about his point of view on the prospects the Sentinels bring for small and medium businesses.
The much-debated topic of how to ensure SMEs make the most of public investments in space, along big industry, has been a hot one for both countries with an established space industry who aim to promote their SMEs, and for "new entrants". Arguably, the latter stand to gain most from the development of satellite services, provided they also look after demand. Puglia's model may provide some useful lessons for both.