France: A recent report, ‘A Survey into the State and Health of the European EO Services Industry’ has stated that European earth observation (EO) services industry is steadily growing. The report was prepared and published under assignment from the European Space Agency by the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) and it covered all companies that use satellite data for their business.
The report states that there has been a steady growth in the turnover of the sector since the previous survey in 2006 accompanied by a good growth of employment. The sector has seen a lot of changes. The period has seen the launch of a number of new commercial satellite systems as well as significant technology change with the development of Google Earth, the advent of cloud computing and a move towards crowd sourcing. Technologies such as Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems are arriving on the horizon and other new technologies are expected to emerge in the next 6 year period.