Experts mull on ESA”s achievements and challenges

Experts mull on ESA”s achievements and challenges

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UK: European Space Agency has successfully concluded the fourth edition of its Living Planet Symposium in Edinburgh, UK from September 9 to 13. Over 1800 delegates attended the conference, breaking records of the previously held editions of the conference in Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004).

The conference was opened by David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, UK who stressed on the importance of international partnership and cooperation for extracting maximum value from Space sector. Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General, ESA welcomed the delegates and noted that “Earth observation is addressing the three biggest concerns of citizens: life, future and economy.” He highlighted the role of ESA in scientific research as well as application delivery using space data for various users in different parts of the world. Considering that users and citizens are sensitive to the high costs involved with developing and maintaining space based programmes, in one of the sessions, a European Union representative shared the estimated return on investment expected out of Copernicus, the flagship programme of EU, to be Euro 10.5 for investment of every one Euro.

Volker Liebig, Director of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA made a presentation on the role of earth observation systems in mitigating the various challenges faced by countries across the globe. The challenges faced by Copernicus were presented by Philippe Brunet, Director at DG Enterprise and Industry, Directorate of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defence Industries, European Commission. Brunet also touched upon the strength and significance of this mission and urged scientific and user community to make full use of the services of the various satellite data that will be available under Copernicus programme. Lastly, Alan O’Neill, Chairman of ESAC provided some highlights of Earth Explorer and their Scientific Results to the audience.

Source: Our Correspondent