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Issue 63 Summer & Autumn 2022


                                                       Emmanuel Pajot

                                                  EARSC Secretary General

Welcome to the first eoMAG of 2022!

Despite the still ongoing pandemic, the EO ecosystem continued its development during 2021 last quarter.

From the institutional side, EUSPA finalized the signature of the agreements with the European Entrusted Entities and published last week its first report on the EO and GNSS market report; ESA launched three Accelerators: Space for a green future, Rapid and resilient crisis response and Protection of space assets… […]


For the summer & autumn edition of eoMAG! 63 we decided to interview Michal Brichta, who is is a co-founder of the newly-established Slovak Space Office and the head of its Industry Branch working under the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO). In 2019 he initiated a new strategic approach to the comprehensive development of national space industry capabilities. Building on this approach, his team works today to support the further development of the Slovak space sector and its internationalisation with a focus on full utilisation of the country’s strong industrial and R&D potential as well as on the 21st century‘s newspace trends.

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Industry Profile

About us:

As a satellite operator and provider of EO products and services, we currently own and operate 2 missions: GEOSAT 1 (22m resolution) and GEOSAT 2 (up to 40m resolution at nadir) and we are also leading the development of our future constellation of High- Resolution & Very High-Resolution satellites, targeted at frequent revisit and increased resolution. Additionally, our alliances with expert partners’ satellites (including optical & SAR sensors from medium to very-high resolution) allows us to offer an extensive portfolio, suited to multiple applications.

From 2006, our satellites have been delivering Earth Observation (EO) products and services to both SMEs and institutional customers such as the European Space Agency (ESA), European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Brazilian Airforce (BACE), GEOSYS and many others, and we currently provide IMINT-analysed products of conflict areas.

The combination of very-high resolution and very wide swath imagery (650km), complemented with analytics targeted at specific vertical markets in a great variety of fields and applications is one of our main assets. We supply tailored services, adapted to customer’s needs, and meet very strict deadlines (near-real time, within 30 minutes).

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EARSC Activities & Projects

Have you included your company in the OCRE EO Catalogue?

The OCRE EO Catalogue, similar to the OCRE Cloud Catalogue, is a key result of the OCRE project which aims to create a digital single market for EO and Cloud services for research in Europe. The first procurement activities where OCRE aims to [...]

How did PARSEC encourage the uptake of EO
technology to innovate for a greater good?

With the second phase of the programme having come to an end in December 2021, it’s worth a moment to reflect on the success the PARSEC Accelerator programme was able to achieve throughout its first and second phases, along with PARSEC’s lasting impact beyond these phases. PARSEC was designed to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups turn their ideas into commercial ... [...]


EO4GEO Alliance

The importance of skills development for Europe economic growth was stressed by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the Union Address, setting 2023 as the year of skills. The EO4GEO Alliance set as follow-up of the EO4GEO project with the aim to continue the EO4GEO activities as part of the Sector Skills Strategy defined for the EO*GI sector and to enlarge the partnership to all key stakeholders for skills and workforce (including upskilling and re-skilling) development in the space geo-information sector as mean to support social and economic growth.

EARSC launched a new Working Group on Green Deal

EARSC launched a w/g dedicated to the Green Deal with the purpose to advocate increased use of EO for the Green Deal strategy encouraging the EU to adopt EO contribution through statements, position papers and ensuring awareness of the industry contribution responding to the monitoring needs for the Green Deal implementation. For further information contact [...]

SeBS workshop 'The story of how Copernicus benefits European citizens'

On the 18th and 19th November, EARSC organised the SeBS results workshop supported by ESA. Over the two days, the project partners presented the results from both the various cross-sector studies as well as the case studies, highlighting the economic, environmental, regulatory, innovation & entrepreneurship, science and societal [...]

FIRE-Forum Roadmap

The FIRE team is busy with the production of one of the key outputs of this project, the FIRE Roadmap, which will serve as the reference point for market input into the development and uptake of the EO sector-based products and services. The deliverable will be submitted to the EC end of October and afterwards, we will start its dissemination. Moreover, the 6 EO Evangelists continue presenting the results of their respective FIRE Focus Groups Discussions at big thematic conferences.

EARSC news

Members news

Three innovation awards for EOMAP

Two new breakthroughs by the German expert for space-based information on water environments have recently received three awards: RastLess, a new cloud computing solution for fast and cost-saving geospatial data analytics and SDB-Online, the WebApp for mapping shallow waters.

Satellogic Rings in an Exciting New Year with Nasdaq

We have lots of exciting news to share with our fellow members and EO visionaries! First, we are proud to announce that as of January 26, 2022, Satellogic is a publicly-traded company listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange (“SATL”). This pivotal milestone is going to accelerate our growth as well as create new opportunities for people to invest in and advocate for Earth Observation technologies. [...]

Crisis of Fertile Land Degradation

Space4Good and HOMMES ET TERRE working together to assess tree growth and detect differences over time at a collection of sites in Burkina Faso, Africa, in order o gain more targeted and efficient planning insights from space: [...]

Cooperation between GAF AG and BKG: Provision of very high-resolution satellite data, products and services to more than 400 federal authorities

The signing of a comprehensive framework agreement has expanded the successful cooperation between GAF and the German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG Bund). The state-of-the-art web portal developed by GAF runs with guaranteed availability on the Open Telekom Cloud (OTC)., [...]

Eurosense: 3D tree map based on Artificial Intelligence and citizen science

Eurosense announces that our project proposal, together with VIVES University of Applied Sciences (Kortrijk, Belgium), to create a 3D tree map based on Artificial Intelligence and citizen science has been approved by Mrs. Hilde Crevits, Vice-Minister-President of the Government of Fland [...]

Geocento: How healthy is the market for VHR Earth Observation?

As Geocento approaches its tenth anniversary we have been taking stock of the market we operate in, focusing in particular on the very high resolution imaging business – the most commercial valuable part of the industry. The most obvious feature is that the industry has continued to grow, powered by technological innovations being introduced at scale. In 2011, 12 nano satellites were launched, this year there are predicted to [...]

CloudFerro: ‘Building green applications under Horizon Europe programme – technology perspective’

Horizon Europe is the EU’s new ambitious research and innovation programme, having bold goals to tackle climate change and improve the quality of our daily lives. It has a long-term 2021-2027 budget of €95.5 billion, which represents a huge opportunity for building high skills, innovation and ... [...]

VITO: Transition to a sustainable planet through natural capital accounting

Our economy and our human well-being highly depend on nature and its “services”. Longley, we underestimated these services, but the recent COVID-19 pandemic - disrupting economies, societies and livelihoods around the entire globe - emphasized that nations have to speed up their transition to "Green Stimulus", Economic Recovery and Long-Term Sustainable Development. Otherwise we cannot restore employment and boost economic growth in sustainable manner...[...]

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