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This Compendium presents an overview of space-technology applications RTD projects that were supported under the different Specific Programmes of the 4th Framework Programme for Research and Technology Development (1994-1998).

The projects are divided into three areas of space-technology applications namely communications, navigation and earth observation. The projects included in the Compendium either used information derived from satellites or developed technology related to satellites. The range of these projects is very wide: agriculture, forest fires and ozone monitoring, tele-education and telemedicine, transportation of goods and aircraft navigation. These projects were supported under eight specific programmes, namely ACTS, Brite/Euram 3, Esprit, Environment and Climate, INCO, Telematics Applications, Transport and by direct actions of the Joint Research Centre (Space Applications Institute).

The large number and the variety of projects in this Compendium demonstrate that the Framework Programme provides a good platform for collaboration and fosters partnership between R&D players, operators and users with a market- oriented approach, through networks supporting advanced applications.

Dedicated space research and technological development will be pursued through ESA. Therefore the 5th Framework Programme has no key action "Space". Nevertheless, research on space applications and technologies at the service of societal objectives will find its place in this programme.

The applications of satellite communications systems are facing new opportunities for applications and services through space system. The introduction of digital technology brings satellite communications from trunk services towards systems with direct users. The most challenging systems are related to broadband mobile (S-UMTS), direct broadband Internet access and interactive multimedia applications.

Additional information

Authors: MELAKI I, DG-JRC Space Applications Institute, Astron Project, Ispra (IT);KETSELIDIS M (EDITORS), DG-JRC Space Applications Institute, Astron Project, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18971 EN (2000) 197pp, Euro: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2956630 Fax:+32-2-2958220
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-7464-8
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