esrin_2008_1.jpg 8 September 2008. Today ESPI presented a descriptive compilation of satellite systems as the result of a study initiated by ESA. The study features both European and global assets in various key sectors of satellite applications.

Based on six months of research, ESPI presented a study on satellite systems at ESA’s European Space Research Institute (ESRIN) in Frascati, Italy. Being subdivided in European and global space assets, the study categorises satellite systems along four sectors: (1) Earth Observation, covering Imagery, Meteorology, Signal Intelligence and Early Warning satellite systems, (2) Communication, (3) Navigation and (4) Others, like test systems. The extensive compilation is supplemented by analyses offering trends and observations for the different sectors. All information used in the study was derived from publicly available sources like publications and websites.


Participants in the study presentation, from left: Wolfgang Rathgeber
(ESPI Research Fellow; study leader), Erwin Duhamel (ESA, Head
Director General’s Security Office), Nina-Louisa Remuß (ESPI Research Intern),
Simonetta Cheli (ESA, Head Coordination Office, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes;
technical officer for the study), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI Director), Antonio Ciccolella
(ESA, GMES Space Office), Bartolomeo Pernice (Seconded National Expert to ESA).

At the occasion of the presentation, the technical officer of the study, Simonetta Cheli (Head of the Coordination Office, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes), appreciated the work accomplished by ESPI, which was represented by its Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, the study manager Research Fellow Wolfgang Rathgeber and Research Intern Nina-Louisa Remuß (former Research Intern Peter Stubbe had also contributed to the study). They gave an outline of the study scope, set-up and methodology and presented a synopsis of example data sheets and key findings. The results of this study will help ESA in shaping its future strategic approaches and programme development.

photo credit: ESPI

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