In view of the central role of space for Europe's future, space must be significantly strengthened at the upcoming ESA Ministerial Council. Europe's independent access to space must be ensured. This can only be achieved with the market launch of the Ariane 6 launch vehicles.
As the biggest provider of Earth observation data in the world, Copernicus is vital to the future of our planet. This is why it is so important that the Copernicus Expansion missions are given sufficient support.
The science programme must also be strengthened. It investigates regions of our universe that have previously been inaccessible and thus enables important advances in research. This means that new missions must also be shaped. Ground-breaking ventures such as the Athena X-ray observatory, exploration of Mars and the Lisa mission which will measure gravitational waves are indispensable for future space, as is the US-European Orion crewed space vehicle which must be continued.
Space technology today helps us tackle the pressing questions of tomorrow. To broaden its horizons, the European space sector needs to be digitalised. This includes the security dimension of blockchain and quantum technologies. Because only secure space technology is good space technology. New digital revolutions must be fully integrated into European space programmes and there should be greater support for application and technology programmes. There should also be greater support for application and technology programmes.
In addition, space research must utilise and acknowledge the dual-use nature of the technology. This requires developing a long-term visionary roadmap and a dynamic governance approach to enable private players to play a stronger role in space.