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EARSC welcomes two new Members LogicaCMG (United Kigdom) and Sener (Spain)

EARSC has the challenge to be a representative association at European
level and a lobbying collective voice towards governments and data
providers for a coherent and dynamic development of Earth Observation.
EARSC is glad to welcome LogicaCMG and Sener in our Association and we
are certain that both Companies will contribute actively to the aims of
EARSC devoted to the promotion of the European Remote Sensing industry.

Please refer to the following websites for more information about our new Members:

LogicaCMG
Sener

EARSC is the European association dedicated to representing the
companies involved in the Earth Observation domain, from satellites to
value-added services.

EARSC is the European association dedicated to representing the
companies involved in the Earth Observation domain, from satellites to
value-added services. Created in 1989 it has continuously worked to
foster the development of Earth Observation in Europe and of European
remote sensing companies themselves, through the organization of
symposia, meetings with decision makers, collaboration with other
associations or through the building of projects related to Earth
observation.

Strategy

EARSC strategy is to understand the mechanisms of co-operation on Earth
Observation policies between the European Space Agency, the Commission
and Companies in Europe. Stronger cooperation mechanisms between all
actors at the space applications chain are necessary to fully progress
on the European Space Policy. One of the objectives of EARSC is to
build a bridge to better communicate the industry voice to decision
makers, providers and final users.

General objectives

EARSC shall have the major objective of developing a gathering
mechanism for European Earth Observation Industry, providing a forum
for promoting technology transfer and exchange of information and
experience among members through sharing of information, conducting
cooperative projects and participating in EARSC activities.

EARSC shall review the status of Earth observation applications and the
European Space policy, being the connection between decision makers and
industry and respectively industry and final users.

EARSC shall exchange information on space policies and programmes among
members promoting mechanisms for cooperation networks in the earth
observation industry.

EO Industry Summit: Synthesis and Recommendations

The first Earth Observation Industry Symposium was held on February 2005 co organized by EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies) and EUROSPACE (Association of European Space Industry) under the umbrella of the European Union as a part of its first Earth and Space Week.

The Summit was a success due to the active participation of representatives and delegates from space agencies, international organizations (governmental and non governmental alike) and industry from a very large number of countries, thus setting the scene to foster European and International collaboration into getting Earth Observation views and perspectives. The summit included a variety of topics on advances in Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (GMES) Services, opportunities for business in high tech industry or commercial applications. A real success for our aim, Industry views putting openly and friendly on the Institutional table Space at the service of the citizen.

The timing is particularly appropriate for European Industry to gather and ambitiously present and discuss the way forward, considering the deployment of innovative new systems for Earth Observation in the framework of GMES, of advanced capabilities for new services, in particular through the emerging GALILEO and broadband Telecommunications, as well as contemplating inspiring successes and projects in Planetary exploration. The Summit was an excellent occasion to affirm and recognize the necessity to increase the synergies between all actors of the domain and follow up recommendation and conclusions to improve Industry views on Earth Observation Global programmes.

GMES is on its way

  1. Convergence of views between institutions and industry
  2. Many Pre-operational and operational services presented
  3. Service providers enthusiastic to further develop solutions to satisfy users
  4. Infrastructure widely utilised and deemed highly useful
  5. Capability exists in Europe to provide policy makers with the right environmental data to comply with the environmental protocols (Kyoto,…)

summit

Overall approach

  1. Services now mean convergence (combination of Telecommunications with positioning and Earth Observation from all sensors).
  2. Need a system architecture able to accommodate and harmonize past data, present systems and future systems
  3. Industry as a bridge between civil and defence applications (dual technology along the chain), as well as between the various, still fragmented users communities
  4. Earth Observation industry as a bridge to other industrial sectors (energy, agriculture, transportation,..)

Recommend structuring of EO activities

  1. Create a comprehensive platform for applications development (standards/ interoperability)
  2. Public entities define requirements and develop infrastructure, Private entities define and deliver solutions and services.
  3. Increase awareness among public and private entities of the potential of new GMES-based services.
  4. Foster international links, in particular at industry levels: EARSC, EUROSPACE and ALLIANCE recommend setting up a joint industrial working group and organising annual GEOSS industrial events together.

Recommend preservation and development of assets

  1. Human resources: Space Industry is relevant to the “Lisbon” objectives. Europe must maintain and develop its highly competent and high value work force
  2. Space Industry has the capability to offer highly motivating jobs and contribute to stopping the brain drain from Europe
  3. European institutions must maintain and further develop Earth Observation critical technologies
  4. Data resources: Continuity of data flow from all operational/pre-operational sensors must be insured

GMES financial considerations

  1. To reach the final ideal status where users pay for 100% of the needed service, there must be a transition period when institutions must provide substantial support (financing of infrastructure set up and service development)
  2. Firm decisions on implementing GMES program must be taken by EC/ESA in the frame of establishing a European Space Policy
  3. Budgets required by GMES (relatively small compared to other infrastructure budgets) should be sized considering the cost of natural disasters in terms of lives and economy as well as the cost of Earth Environment deterioration

Conclusions

  1. The GMES community welcomes the new GMES owner in the Commission (DG Ent.)
  2. GMES must go ahead as a grand, coherent, well structured European programme (including budget and programmatics)
  3. Industry is able to develop all the needed GMES elements, all along the value chain from infrastructure development to service provision
  4. Industry stands ready to be an active partner of EC, ESA, and member states in GMES and is looking forward to high level decisions

Information resource

For more information please contact:

Paul Kamoun (EARSC Chairman),
Alain Gaubert (EUROSPACE Secr. General)

After detailed deliberations at various Meetings, the EARSC Board
has recommended the constitution of a working group on Space Policy,
which will address the problems of Earth´s monitoring and the
importance of the Industry in these new challenges for Europe.

After detailed deliberations at various Meetings, the EARSC Board
has recommended the constitution of a working group on Space Policy,
which will address the problems of Earth´s monitoring and the
importance of the Industry in these new challenges for Europe.

The group will seek to define general principles to organise
desirable forms and degrees of understanding through Earth Observation
space policy, and have the aim to elaborate concrete examples or
scenarios of how this will apply. It will pronounce itself on how the
decision-making process should be adapted to create stronger
flexibility in implementation, and how it should involve different
actor’s interests in the policy process.

A key goal of the working group is to enhance key Earth observation
capabilities and assess related European Space Policy. Space policy
will act as a key factor to improve our understanding of sustainable
development and especially as tool for serving the society, such as
with respect to health, resource management, weather prediction, and
economic prosperity.

Terms of Reference

The working group on Space Policy has been constituted as a
cooperative network of EARSC Members to directly address Earth
Observation policy.

All members of EARSC shall be eligible by the Board of Director to
be part of the working group. Experts in the field of interest may be
invited to participate in the meetings as consultative capacity. The
discussions will be focused on the status of actual Space Policy in
Europe and the Industry contribution. Consensus should be agreed within
the group to establish common terms of reference and position papers to
guide up further discussions.

The working Group shall meet at least once in a year or as considered
appropriate to discuss common problems and to develop cooperative
programmes.

The EARSC Board will assist in the working group formulation,
fund-raising and implementation. The working group shall report on its
work to the Board. Working Group shall attend and present the report of
the Working Group at the annual general session.

The EARSC secretariat shall be the coordinator in secretariat
matters; organizing meetings, providing professional advice and inputs,
facilitating the information flow and interaction between members and
the Board of Directors and following the smooth progress of information
exchange through recommendation, newsletters and reports.

Any member of the WG may propose an amendment to the terms of
reference, if approved by a consensus of the members in attendance.

The agenda may include: (a) exchange of information; (b) review of
activities and programmes; (c ) formulation of collaborative ideas; (d)
proposing a funding mechanism for implementing ideas of the position
papers; (e) endorsing an annual work plan and monitor its
implementation.

Functions

The topics focused upon in the Earth Observation policy discussion
group have been selected to start a brainstorming from a broad approach
to the subject and then progressively narrow down to the study of the
Earth Observation programme in Europe and more precisely the role of
Industry in this context. Below we list the general functions of the
working group.

to analyse questions and to select of interesting articles or
programmes raised by Bibliography concerning the European Space Policy,
with regard to the Global Monitoring and Environment Programme,
including; sustainable development and security.
to elaborate interesting activities for communication on different levels; from decision makers to final users
to make any recommendations or position papers that the WG-Space Policy
considers advisable by the discussion or via bibliography research.

List of topics:

Present concerns and scope of the space policy
Definition and Implementation of the European Space Programme
Institutional policy, regulatory and legal framework
Industry experiences and Industry´s needs
Synergy: policy, functions, organization, implementation
Added value of an EO European approach
Organisation of an European effort
Seventh Framework Programme
Use of Earth Observation for decision makers, education and public awareness
Pan European programme
Expertise required, availability, distributed design,
Our Future in Global programmes
Communication strategy