ESA, EU want to reduce purchases of non-European high-res imagery & get New Space to boost competition in Europe

by Peter B. de Selding

DUBAI — The European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) want to increase purchases of European-sourced high-resolution imagery and, within Europe, encourage New Space startups to enter the field through incentives including long-term anchor-tenancy contracts.

ESA and the Commission, which together finance the Copernicus network of environment-monitoring satellites, have set a goal of reducing their purchases of non-European very-high-resolution data to 20% of the total budget by 2027. Today’s it’s 40 percent.

Both organizations are . . .

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