The United States and Canada are major global space services providers. Their dynamic and well-established private sector fosters national preference for domestic products and services. Most opportunities lie in the downstream sector for commercial applications, as well as science and exploration.
The United States is the world’s most advanced space economy, but the need of data and advanced analytics services is increasing especially in the sectors of agriculture and natural resource management. Other drivers include satellite applications related to climate change to monitor green-house gas emissions – helping different industries to optimize their energy infrastructures, as well as determine the climate effects on their activities. A great investment potential is lying for innovative solutions in the above.
Canada has developed more sector-specific capabilities. The country has a strong legacy in space and has developed considerable expertise in three niche sectors: space robotics, satellite communications and data systems, and Earth Observation.
The Arctic region, whose territory in part falls under the jurisdiction of the United-States and Canada, also offers opportunities relating to satellite communications (Satcom) and Earth Observation. Such options include making progress on access to Galileo's public regulated service signal, engaging on space-based Earth observation to support climate policies – for instance by monitoring CO2 levels and emergency services.
European opportunities in North America mostly lie in the growing demand for satellite systems and Earth Observation data and in the development of sector-specific downstream applications. Further business potential is in the mobility sector where European downstream solutions could provide added value.