President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Council Charles Michel and Commissioner Thierry Breton have all, in the recent weeks, expressed the need for the European Union to rely on a secure space-based connectivity system able to provide for secure satellite communications and for high speed connectivity everywhere in Europe.
These challenges are today considered fundamental in a time where the European Union is facing an unprecedented sanitary crisis that has demonstrated the need for Europe to improve its resilience, security and capabilities of its overall network infrastructure.
The European space industry, gathered within Eurospace, is convinced that the political momentum for a new space-based strategic system for connectivity serving the needs of European citizens, institutions and businesses has to be seized.
The European space industry has therefore reflected on a forward-thinking approach to support the initiative by proposing possible ways forward and use these preliminary ideas to initiate a dialogue with the European Commission, the European Member States and, especially, the stakeholders of the telecommunication sector (space and terrestrial) to discuss their involvement and possible ways to team up.
The results of the European space industry’s reflections are available here in its “Industry Manifesto for a resilient satellite system for secure connectivity… to make Europe fit for the Digital Age”.