Foster competitiveness of space systems
Objective: The European space sector and space economy needs to capture new markets, adapt to rapidly changing markets whilst staying competitive in the satellite communication and Earth observation sectors. This requires development of new competitive technologies for space and ground systems, such as very high throughput satellites, very high resolution sensors, on-board AI, optical and quantum communication, as well as contributions from robotics. We also need to prepare the ground for future modular, flexible and intelligent satellites. In the mid to long term, the future space ecosystem should include hybrid, smart and reconfigurable satellites, which can be assembled and serviced directly on-orbit, and with a de-orbiting capacity.