ESA and the EU Partner to Accelerate Space Solutions for a Sustainable Future

ESA and the EU Partner to Accelerate Space Solutions for a Sustainable Future

The world faces challenges stemming from climate change, natural disasters and human actions. Space is crucial to help tackle these challenges, but many organizations have yet to realise its full potential. ESA has proposed three ‘accelerators’ – recent initiatives that contribute to sustainability and resilience on Earth and in space – and will work with the European Union to realize their full potential.

As world leaders and nations race to accelerate climate action, ESA seeks to work with international, European and national partners to deliver tangible and measurable contributions to society’s decarbonization journey. The Space for a Green Future accelerator will support the EU’s Green Deal to reduce greenhouse gases emissions, increase sustainable practices and make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It leverages the Copernicus Earth observation satellites and the Galileo navigation system – flagship components of the EU’s space programme that are implemented by ESA – to monitor and tackle climate change. ESA and the EU will work together on this accelerator to ensure consistency and maximise synergies between their activities.

The Rapid and Resilient Crisis Response accelerator aims to save lives and livelihoods by creating a space-powered system for crisis management. Complementing the Copernicus emergency management system and the Galileo emergency warning service, it will reinforce crisis management systems by providing a space-based alternative to terrestrial systems that can become compromised by natural disasters or other actions. This accelerator will notably contribute to some of the objectives of the EU’s space strategy for security and defence adopted by the European Commission.

Because space is crucial to daily life on Earth, ESA and the EU will enhance the European capacity to guarantee strategic autonomy in the protection of assets in space and on the ground, through the Protect accelerator. ESA and the EU have agreed to work together to establish operational space weather services for Europe, and to initiate a European approach for space traffic management that includes zero debris principles.

Mr Pesonen said: “This partnership will propel us forward in leveraging space technology. The EU space program, and our EU space flagships, already provide tangible solutions to urgent societal needs here on the ground. With this collaboration arrangement, we commit to reinforce our cooperation in the development, demonstration, and integration of space-enabled technological solutions responding to major environmental and societal challenges. We will work together to leverage our complementary capabilities and resources, building on the respective strengths, expertise, and competences of each institution.”

Dr Aschbacher said: “ESA is working closely with the European Commission to develop a joint ambition for space in Europe and in the interests of European citizens. ESA’s technical expertise perfectly complements the European Commission’s political mandate in developing flagship space programs that address the needs of European citizens and businesses. ESA and the European Commission have agreed that in a spirit of reciprocity, transparency, information-sharing, and cooperation, we will work together in close cooperation with stakeholders to develop the three accelerators. Strengthening ESA–EU relations is a professional mission of mine and part of ESA’s Agenda 2025 that I released at the beginning of my mandate as Director General of ESA.”

The agreement provides a significant boost to ESA’s existing accelerator initiatives and demonstrates the commitment of both organizations to finding new and effective ways to make use of spaceflight and space technology to solve some of the most pressing problems facing Europe today.

Click here to learn more about ESA's Space Accelerators.

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GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013