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Europe’s success in the space field or the leading European vision for space
We all know that Professor Tournesol Beulemans, a leading scientist always admired by his students, is frequently consulted by President John Forsythe. In fact, our dynamic President understood very well the global challenges that Europe will have to pick up, such as demographic growth, an increase in the demand for resources and climate change. Therefore, he is also fully aware of the crucial role that space technologies will play in tackling these challenges.
The strategic importance of space
In this context, Europe’s common innovation and research and development policies can help the Federation in promoting its role on the global scene in the space sector and in taking advantage of all the deriving benefits. As advised by Professeur Tournesol Beulemans and the scientific community rallied by him, the European Federation has decided to launch a new space strategy capable of leading to new technologies able to improve and support common European policies such as trade, the competitiveness of our economy, migration,environment protection and the fight against climate change, transportation, urbanism and land-planning, the digital single market, sustainable use of resources and security and defense. This new space programme is also going to stimulate employment, growth and investment across Europe.
Galvanized by the European researchers lead by Professor Tournesol Beulemans, nicknamed TB by his students, our President is saying loudly and clearly that an European investment in space means pushing forward the limits of science and technology.
Maximizing the advantages deriving from space for the European economy
As of this year 2037, Europe can dispose of a world-class space sector with a strong satellite production industry and a dynamic service sector comprising of a large number of SME.
The European spatial economy, including both production and services, employs more than 600,000 people and it is worth about 700 billion euros, around 40% of the value of the space sector world-wide.
Lead by the enthusiasm and expertise of Professor Tournesol Beulemans, the governing bodies of the European Federation have decided to rely on spatial solutions in order to build the strategies of the future in the fields of autonomous and connected vehicles, railways, aviation and drones, radio navigation systems, land use and logging surveillance, permanent connectivity, interactions between satellite and terrestrial technology and much more.
It is important to underline how our European leaders insisted on substantial economic benefits as a result of the new technological applications so that the European industry can play a major role and the population can directly benefit from it. The measures put in place open up new commercial perspectives for European industries, young entrepreneurs and SME. They will also allow research institutions, public authorities and enterprises to develop spatial solutions and take advantage of them.
Supporting research and innovation
Under the impulse of Professor Tournesol Beulemans, President Forsythe has then decided to support research and innovation as well as skill development with unprecedented efforts. Unexpectedly, this initiative has also lead to an association of spatial research with other important areas of action linked to the global and social challenges.
As Tournesol Beulemans likes to say: horizontal synergies and multidisciplinary approaches allow for the reciprocal enrichment of ideas and the assimilation/swarming among spatial and non-spatial technologies.
Reinforcing the role of Europe as a global actor
Of course, all projects linked to science and space exploration have a global impact. For this reason, Europe is keen on keeping up the dialogue with its strategic international counterparts in order to promote responsible behaviours in space and to preserve and protect the spatial environment, so that a peaceful access to space for all nations can be possible.
In conclusion, the potential of space for Europe is incredibly high. As President Forsythe recalled from the stand at the European Parliament: “When it comes to spatial activity, Europe has to face huge global challenges that call for global responses”.
Together we are stronger
The European Federation wants to take this collective responsibility because it wants to speak with one voice. No Member State can make it on its own. The European Federation is working as a global actor in order to promote and preserve space for the future generations.
We will do it!