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Satellite applications - A market of excellence for the future

More than 50 years after the first satellites were sent into orbit, they have become a precious source of data sustaining economic development and public services. Land planning, weather forecasting, location-based services, risk mitigation and natural resource management are just some of the satellite applications that today are part of our daily lives.

These technologies are set to keep on gaining ground :

“93% of government agencies rely on satellite applications to perform their operational tasks*.”

* Satellites for Society, Eurisy report, 2016

Key daily applications

Satellite applications are connecting the world’s citizens to space every day, offering great potential for development:

  • Earth observation delivers data for weather-forecasting and mapping services, as well as helping to mitigate natural, climate and environmental hazards and to control borders.
  • Telecommunications provide access to public and private television, telephone and Internet networks: satellite systems complement terrestrial fast-broadband solutions and are helping to bridge the digital divide—a major challenge for many local authorities.
  • Navigation is another big challenge for government : for example, the European Union is able to affirm its independence from the Global Positioning System (GPS) thanks to the Galileo satellites, while the European EGNOS system—along with Galileo—affords greater positioning precision and data integrity, paving the way for a wealth of applications.


Galileo constellation, by CNES

Telespazio France - Driving innovation

Telespazio France designs innovative and effective solutions for the public sector. Examples include:

  • EarthLab, a first-of-a-kind global environmental monitoring centre
  • Airlink, a cheap, flexible and robust Internet access solution
  • a service platform dedicated to urban mobility
  • innovative visualization and simulation tools for critical infrastructures
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