The EU does not want Starlink's satellite internet and they prefer to create their own 

The European Commission released Few days ago that has selected a consortium of satellite manufacturers and operators, a telecommunications operator and European launch service provider to study the design, development and launch of an independent European space communications system.

This study has been commissioned to big European names such as Airbus, Thalès, Orange or Eutelsat to design a European satellite Internet service aimed at stimulating the digital economy and reducing the digital divide.

The new initiative aimed at to strengthen the Europe's digital sovereignty It is announced as SpaceX intends to offer widespread long-term satellite Internet access through its Starlink service.

The feasibility study is expected to last one year, costing 7,1 million euros and is intended to design an independent space communications system specific to the European Union. A consortium of satellite manufacturers and operators, a telecommunications operator and the European launch service provider is entrusted to study the design, development and launch of a European space communications system.

The purpose of this study is to assess the viability of this new initiative aimed at strengthening Europe's digital sovereignty and provide secure connectivity to its citizens, commercial companies and public institutions.

Like the Starlink project, the system will also be responsible for providing global coverage of rural and white areas. Once validated, this new European Union flagship project, which is in line with the Copernicus and Galileo programs, will fully exploit the synergies and technological potential of the digital and space industries, wrote Orange, one of the European giants.

"The purpose of this study will be to evaluate the viability of this new initiative aimed at strengthening Europe's digital sovereignty and providing secure connectivity to its citizens, its commercial companies and its public institutions," indicates the European Union. And to point out that this new system will have, like Starlink, by vocation "to ensure coverage, on a global scale, of rural areas and white areas".

The technological agents selected by Brussels to carry out this study are: Airbus, Arianespace, Eutelsat, Hispasat, OHB, Orange, SES, Telespazio and Thales Alenia Space. It is up to them to design the future European space system capable of providing secure communication services to EU Member States, “as well as broadband connectivity for European citizens, businesses and mobility sectors, thus reinforcing digital sovereignty. of the Union".

"The study phase awarded by the European Commission will more specifically define user needs, the mission of the system, a preliminary architectural design and service delivery concept, as well as related budget estimates," the Commission said. European. "A public-private partnership (PPP) program will be considered and evaluated during this phase."

The study will examine how this space system could improve current and future critical infrastructure, including ground networks.

It will also evaluate how to connect to these infrastructures to strengthen the capacities of the Union for access to the cloud and to provide digital services independently and securely, essential characteristics for building trust in the digital economy and ensuring Europe's strategic autonomy and resilience. The project was initiated by the European Commissioner for Industry, Thierry Breton, former French Director of Technology and Finance Minister.

European Union officials approved the study of a low-orbit constellation similar to Starlink that would provide secure government communications and bring Internet service to isolated communities. Developing such a constellation would make Europe less dependent on Chinese and American technology in what is emerging as a new low-orbit space race.

The work could be inspired by existing European programs around government satellite communications and quantum technology. In a speech delivered last September, Breton alluded to the need for a European constellation "that allows Europe to access the level of security offered by space-based quantum cryptology."


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  1.   franc said

    They already resemble the Chinese, Russians and Socialists / Communists every time with having "theirs" even if it sucks.