In December 2020, the European Commission selected consortium members from satellite manufacturers, operators, service providers, and telco operators for design, development, and launch of space-based communication systems. The consortium members include Airbus, Arianespace, Eutelsat, Hispasat, OHB, Orange, SES, Telespazio, and Thales Alenia Space. The group will be assessing potential initiatives for providing universal connectivity coverage for rural and not-spot areas to strengthen the European digital economy. It will also study the potential of space-based systems to enhance current and future critical infrastructure such as road and maritime transport, air traffic control, autonomous vehicle development, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
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