ESA BR-256 Telecommunications: Long-Term Plan 2006-2010

Satellite telecommunications is by far the most important space sector for the European satellite manufacturing industry, representing more that 50% of satellite activities in Europe. This sector is mainly dominated by the worldwide commercial market, where the customers are private entities and the competitors are the large US manufacturers, in contrast to the other sectors such as science, Earth observation, human spaceflight, navigation, etc. In the last twenty years, European industry, benefiting from limited public support, has demonstrated its competence and its ability to export by capturing a significant part of the open market.
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