European Commission takes concrete step toward government/military Earth observation service

by Peter B. de Selding

BRUSSELS — The European Commission has taken the first concrete step toward establishing a satellite Earth observation service dedicated to civil government and military use and available to all 27 European Union member states.

The Commission on Jan. 23 signed one-year study contracts with consortia led by OHB SE of Germany and Telespazio of Italy to propose how an Earth Observation Governmental Service (EOGS) should be structured.

The Commission will use these conclusions in preparing a formal EOGS program in its . . .

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