Stylish and compact, these new Canon instant printers make creative pursuits easyRead more Nigerian Law Enforcement agencies open investigations on Hawilti and company executives for criminal breach of trust, cheating, defrauding investors schemeRead more Famine looms in Somalia, but many ‘hunger hotspots’ are in deep troubleRead more Launch of the 3rd Edition of the Choiseul Africa Business Forum, a Must-Attend Event for the Business Community in Africa October 19th & 20th, 2022 in Casablanca, MoroccoRead more World’s Biggest Afrobeats Music Festival Afro Nation Extends Partnership with APO Group until 2025Read more Master Trainer (MT) National Meeting on Sustainable Coffee Practices Organized by The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation in Collaboration with The Sustainable Coffee Platform of Indonesia (SCOPI)Read more Thai Ambassador met the Thai Community in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar and visited the Buddhist Temple in TanzaniaRead more Generation Africa awards US$100,000 to two young agripreneurs from Kenya and Uganda in the fourth annual GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competition at the African Green Revolution Forum Summit in Kigali, RwandaRead more Medicaid Cancer Foundation and AstraZeneca celebrate Prostate Cancer Awareness month with the launch of Project Icon NigeriaRead more Eight Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8): President Barrow Discusses Inclusive Development in The Gambia with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant AdministratorRead more

Space firms have stepped up competition, interest in space: European official

show caption
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a Crew Dragon spacecraft named Freedom stands ready for launch at pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on April 26, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Paul Hennessy - Anadolu Agency)
Print Friendly and PDF

Sep 14, 2022 - 11:35 AM

BURSA, Türkiye (AA) – Private enterprises which entered the space field such as SpaceX expanded the market and increased competition and interest in space, said an official with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Andrea Vena, the Chief Climate and Sustainability Officer of the ESA, told Anadolu Agency that in the 1950s and 60s, there was a space race between agencies, but now there is a different and commercial race for the first time, and “it is going to give many results.”

Speaking during International Space Convention (ISC) 2022 organized in Marmara province of Bursa last week, he underlined that with SpaceX entering the market, financial institutions have stepped in and provided support for space activities.

This situation was beneficial for the market conditions and competition, he noted, adding: “I think that competition is key for success in any sector, and the space sector is no different.”

Touching on the space industry’s position on environmental issues, he said satellites for decades have been supporting sustainability, especially by providing data and information about the health of the planet.

Vena stressed that climate variables are collected largely from space to compile the reports that are made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Satellites also provide information and data for navigation and telecommunication applications which can be used to benefit the fight against climate change, he said.

“For instance, they can mitigate the effects of climate change, such as forest fires or other dramatic events due to the global warming on the planet.”

On the other side, satellites can mitigate issues linked to the production of food or the management of water, he noted.

Developing countries’ space moves

Mentioning developed and developing countries’ space activities, Vena stressed that the ESA works with many countries around the globe.

“We have been (engaged in) long-lasting cooperation with India, we have been (engaged in) long-lasting cooperation with African countries, and we cooperate with hundreds of countries all around the world,” he said.

So the policy of the ESA is competition and collaboration, he highlighted.

“It’s always very good news when we have space agencies growing up, and Türkiye is not an exception, and we are happy to learn what Türkiye is doing,” he added.

Touching on the Gokmen Space and Aviation Training Center (GUHEM) in Bursa, where the ISC is being organized, he said this magnificent center is very impressive in terms of reaching out for space.

“So I cannot do anything else that encourages Türkiye on this way,” he added.

As Europe’s largest center in its field, GUHEM was established in 2020 under the leadership of the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Bursa Municipality and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye.

  • bio
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • latest posts

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.