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Space for 5G/6G partners with GSMA for funding opportunities and launch of connectivity initiatives

Two new funding opportunities in a partnership between the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Space for 5G/6G programme line and the GSMA Foundry have been unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. The opportunities offer industry and academia the chance to submit ideas to leverage the transformative potential of seamless Terrestrial Networks (TN) and Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN), as well as to revolutionise the mobility market.

European Space Agency-funded continuously connected autonomous shuttle completes two-year trial

A two-year trial for a UK-based autonomous vehicle, which makes use of communications technology developed by the Darwin Innovation Group and co-funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency, has been successful. The milestone makes it one of the longest running trials of such vehicles and offers a step forward in improving road safety and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Experts meet in Madrid to define new Space Data Space

As the impact of geopolitical tensions and climate change challenges continue to be felt around the world, key players in Europe’s space sector came together in Spain last week to define the requirements of a future Space Data Space system for Europe.

Space set to keep people safer during emergencies

Governments and international disaster response teams have long relied on satellites to assess the impacts of disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. Now ESA has partnered with ICEYE, a Finnish microsatellite manufacturer, to improve early warning systems for floods and wildfires and extend their geographical coverage globally.

European space firms set specifications for optical links

Sending vast quantities of data between satellites speedily and securely means using light to communicate. Now a group of space companies, research centres and universities working with ESA has established a series of specifications on how exactly satellites should use light to talk to one another – and to link to their ground stations.