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Europe launches space programme to boost secure connections

The EU also plans a low-earth orbit satellite infrastructure that could compete with Elon Musk's Starlink programme.

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| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 15:19 IST
A goose is startled as Northup Grumman's Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at NASA's Wallops Island flight facility in Wallops Island, Va., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The rocket is delivering cargo to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
A goose is startled as Northup Grumman's Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at NASA's Wallops Island flight facility in Wallops Island, Va., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The rocket is delivering cargo to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP)
A goose is startled as Northup Grumman's Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at NASA's Wallops Island flight facility in Wallops Island, Va., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The rocket is delivering cargo to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
A goose is startled as Northup Grumman's Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at NASA's Wallops Island flight facility in Wallops Island, Va., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The rocket is delivering cargo to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP)

The European Union unveiled several programmes aimed at boosting the bloc's civil, space and defense industries, including a low-earth orbit satellite infrastructure to rival Elon Musk's Starlink network.

The push will aim to provide reliable, secure and cost-effective connectivity for governmental and commercial communications, as well as high-speed broadband throughout Europe, the European Commission said on Monday.

The commission said it was currently carrying out a feasibility study to specify the project's scope and associated costs.

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Key Points

  • Other EU programs announced Monday are designed to manage satellite traffic in space to avoid collisions and to further develop European drone capabilities.
  • The action plan also includes measures for efficient investments in the space and defense sectors to ensure there's no overlap.

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  • Officials also call for technological developments in the space and defense sectors to benefit the civil sector, and vice versa

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First Published Date: 22 Feb, 17:05 IST
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