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September / Space

Space technology as a driver of innovation



GALILEO, the European satellite radio navigation and positioning system developed by the European Space Agency, is launched. It provides the European Union with a technology independent of the American GPS and Russian GLONASS.


The Galileo Masters Competition encourages small businesses in the EU to brainstorm new products for Galileo. In recent years, the competition has grown into a worldwide network of international experts, oriented towards the needs of the industry, for the application of innovations in products and services.


The EU is working on a space programme for the period 2021-2027, with a financial envelope of EUR 14.8 billion for Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus, SSA and GOVSATCOM. In the strategy, the Commission is also committed to exploring alternative business models for the space industry and addressing needs related to climate change, security and defence. To this end, support will be given to the creation of space companies across Europe.

Zabala milestone


Fostering Europe’s leading edge position in embedded systems engineering

CRYSTAL, an acronym for “Critical System Engineering Acceleration,” seeks to create a single interoperability framework that allows the open integration of any engineering tool, minimising dependence on specific products and the risk of incompatibilities and delays. Likewise, this initiative seeks to optimise and minimise development and verification costs as much as possible..

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