60 Years of European Space Programs

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which laid the foundation for building the European Union. Since then, the EU flagship space programs have proven to bring real benefits to both individual EU countries and European citizens.

EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus are only an example of the accomplishments of European integration. These programs are achieving what no European country could have done on its own. As the precursor to the Galileo program, EGNOS enhances GPS signals to provide more precise positioning on the pan-European level.

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services in 2016 users around the world are being guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation. Finally, the Copernicus program is providing information to help service providers, public authorities and other international organizations improve the quality of life for the citizens of Europe.

Look back at the EU’s accomplishments over the past 60 years

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