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Exploring the EU Space Strategy

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The European Union’s space strategy has evolved significantly over the years, reflecting the region’s commitment to harnessing the potential of space for the benefit of its citizens and industries. In an era where space activities have transcended national boundaries, the EU has recognized the importance of an integrated and cohesive approach to space, not only to maintain its competitiveness but also to contribute to global advancements in space technology and science. China, Russia, India, and Brazil are venturing into space with increasing resources.


​BY Johan GILL

Brussels,  25 October 2023 – 5 MINUTES READ

EU and USA Face Global Competition in Space​. In the ever-expanding domain of space exploration and technology, the European Union (EU) and the United States find themselves firmly at the forefront of global competition. Their collective efforts and strategic initiatives are charting the course of future space activities, but they are not alone in this endeavor. Emerging space programs from nations such as ChinaIndiaBrasil and Russia are redrawing the global landscape, ushering in a new era of space exploration.

The race for supremacy in space is no longer confined to a Cold War-era standoff; instead, it has taken on new dimensions in the 21st century. In recent years, the global space landscape has transformed dramatically. The emergence of Asian powers, especially China and India, has introduced an intense dimension of competition that Europe and the United States can no longer ignore.

These emerging space programs have set ambitious goals and achieved remarkable milestones.

China’s space agency, the China National Space Administration (CNSA), has landed missions on the Moon, Mars, and beyond, alongside the development of its independent satellite navigation system, Beidou. India’s Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has gained global recognition with missions like the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) and the Chandrayaan Moon missions, positioning itself as a key player in the field.

The Russian Space AgencyRoscosmos, actively participates in space partnerships with Europe and the USA, pursuing its space exploration goals, including lunar lander missions. The Brazilian’s Space Agency was developing a new family of launch vehicles in cooperation with the Russian Federal Space Agency. The five rockets of the Southern Cross family will be based on Russia’s Angara vehicle and liquid-propellant engines.

So, the pioneering era of space exploration is coming to an end. Research, commercial, and military spaces are now shared by many countries. International cooperation is important and essential for some projects. For many others, there are distinct national interests, both economic and strategic. Europe faces yet another challenge, and if it sets common and ambitious goals, it can compete at a high level.  –> Read full article…

Full article features: Space activities by the EU, EUSPA, ESA, and EU National Space Agencies, including the latest call results and upcoming opportunities


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