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European Space Week brings top experts of the space sector to Estonia


Under the initiative of the European Commission and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the European Space Week will bring top politicians, community members and experts of the space sector to Tallinn the first week of November to discuss how to analyse and apply large-scale space data and how to finance space projects.
Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, says it is significant that Estonia is the venue for the Space Week.
"Cooperation between the ICT industry, start-ups and the European space industry is making space data more accessible," Palo said. "Digital Europe and the free movement of data are priorities for our Presidency of the Council of the EU and also the focus of Space Week," she added.
The minister noted that space policy has a broader objective of boosting employment, investment, growth and, ultimately, global competitiveness in the European Union.
"In line with the digital agenda of the Estonian Presidency, we emphasize, among other things, the smarter application of digital technologies in the space sector," said Palo.
According to Palo, a more active use of digital technologies means increasing access to space data for innovative businesses.
"It gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop new products and services, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the EU's space programs and the availability of space-based data for both Earth observation and satellite navigation," said Palo.
The goal of Space Week is to bring together space industry innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, researchers and politicians. The main speakers include Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Enterprise and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, and Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director-General of the European Space Agency.
14 thematic events will be held for various interest groups within the framework of the week. Examples include Garage48 SpaceTech: Integrated Applications, the opening of the ESA Space Business Incubator, the Satellite Masters Conference, the Horizon 2020 Space Information Day and the Copernicus Masters and European Satellite Navigation Awards ceremony.
The European Space Week is organised jointly by the European Commission, the European Space Agency and the developer of innovation networks, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, together with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.