The European Union works on its own Starlink: a satellite system for high-speed and secure connections
This past Monday the European Union announced its new ‘Action Plan’, a plan that seeks boost cooperation between civil, defense and space industries of the member states. The objective with this is to carry out projects that can add value and utility to the three industries. To do this, they begin with three projects, among which the satellite communications system stands out. similar a Starlink.
According has announced Vice President Vestager, this plan aims to “strengthen Europe’s technological advantage and support its industrial base.” He has not wanted to detail much how they are going to do it, although they want to a synergy between the three industries so that collaboration between them brings forward better products, services and results for citizens.
This is not really something new. For decades we have seen how technologies created in a specific sector or industry have been subsequently applied in other industries. For example, all the spatial advances that have subsequently been used in medicine and on a daily basis. Often the great advances in technology have been applied first in the space or military industry.
The European Union establish part of your budget to be allocated to these projects. With this, it seeks to finance military, space or civil projects that may be useful in the other two industries.
The projects that the European Union prepares
In order to implement this ‘Action Plan’, the Vice President of the European Union has announced three projects that are going to start already within this plan. The three projects are related to each other as they are closely linked to space and military technology, as well as their subsequent application to civil matters.
The first of the projects is a investment in drone technologies. By this they refer to improvements in unmanned vehicles and systems that are often used by military institutions. What was learned there can later also be applied to civil products, such as eVTOLs.
The second of the projects is perhaps the most interesting of all, a kind of Starlink European. As indicated, it would be a new space communications system which should “lead to improvements such as better access to high-speed connectivity for everyone in Europe”
Finally, the third of the projects has to do with the space traffic management. in other words, a system that offers new standards for avoiding artifact collisions in space.
At the moment there are no definite dates or tangible designs for these three projects. The Vice President of the European Union has indicated that they will update the roadmaps and objectives that they have with this ‘Action Plan’ every two years to make it as efficient as possible. They hope that the plan will also help small and medium companies to innovate, as well as to get the European Union to position itself as an autonomous agent in technology and not dependent on other economic blocs.