Broadening the Space for cooperation: reaching out to the Indo-Pacific region
In collaboration with the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, on 11 October 2022 we delivered a first-of-its-kind hybrid event; "The benefits of the EU Space Programme and 3SOS" brought more than one hundred participants in Bangkok and in our virtual rooms.
Broadening cooperation in space makes the world a safer place and extends the benefits of the latest advancements in space technology to a larger number of citizens. Such was the shared feeling on 11 October at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok.
The event represented the perfect opportunity to showcase to local policymakers the many services of the flagship components Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS and their transversal usage throughout industry sectors. From multispectral, optical and SAR data provided by the Sentinel missions to the highly precise Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) services of Galileo, the EU Space Programme features the necessary infrastructure to extend its benefits beyond Europe.
During the event, the Galileo’s Return Link Service (RLS) was introduced to present an example of a free-of-charge EU space application which can save lives. Galileo’s Return Link Service (RLS) is a unique feature which allows people in danger to acknowledge the delivery and reception of their distress message to emergency services.
After outlining the vast range of EU Space products, EU and local stakeholders shared their views on a number of issues, especially on Space Traffic Management (SST), a topic which was high on the event’s agenda. Indeed, both the European Union and local countries are taking action to minimise the impact of space debris and make the Earth’s orbits a safer place.
The European Union is advancing the Safety, Security and Sustainability of Outer Space (3SOS) public diplomacy initiative to promote ‘ethical conduct’ in space and a common understanding in the subject at the global level. Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) also recognised the importance of promoting Guidelines for the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities and has taken steps in this direction through satellite de-orbiting and conjunction events monitoring.
In conclusion, panellists stressed the need for quality commercial partnerships between the two regions. For this very reason, we are now launching a fully online day taking place on 1 December dedicated to the EU and Indo-Pacific space and non-space ecosystems. Selected EU-based companies registered to our database will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services to potential customers based in the Indo-Pacific region.
The EU Global Action on Space will continue to provide unique opportunities to companies, public organisations and academics from the European Union and the target regions to strengthen international cooperation in space.
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Have a look at the pictures of the event below.