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Abstract

This is the second report from the Space Applications Institute (SAI), and follows on from the success of the first, which was published in 1997, and attracted interest from diverse business and research groups, in a variety of countries. As a result of this interest, two economic feasibility studies were initiated: the first investigated the distribution of meteo data from the EUMETSAT archive, and the second focused on the dissemination of Earth Observation (EO) data from the 'Vegetation' archive. The studies finished at the end of 1998, and results are being compiled. If these are favourable, pilot demonstration projects will be inititated, with the support of satcom organisations and other groups. The SAI report for 1998 discusses both research and commercial projects, and gives details of those considered most suitable for synergy with satcoms. In the future, SAI will continue its work on remote sensing, but will also develop in the area of satellite communications and navigation, and on developing commercial opportunities for European satellite technology. A new unit, entitled Strategy and Systems for Space Applications, was formed in June 1998, for precisely this purpose. This, and other developmental projects, will continue into the 5th Framework Programme.

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Authors: EFTHIMEROU M, Intracom (SA), SAI Ispra (IT);KETSILIDIS M, Intracom (SA), SAI Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18146 EN (1998)
Availability: Available free of charge from CCR Ispra
Record Number: 199910630 / Last updated on: 1999-04-13
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en