Copernicus is the EU’s Earth Observation system: free, full and open access satellite data used to provide services in six areas: land monitoring, marine environment monitoring, atmosphere monitoring, climate change, emergency management and security.
Galileo is the EU’s global navigation satellite system, providing accurate positioning and reliable timing information. Galileo services are widely used by people and businesses, for example in transport, agriculture, health, finance and energy networks, search and rescue and emergency response.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is in charge of managing operations and service provision for Europe’s Satellite Navigation Systems – Galileo and EGNOS, ensuring as well the safety and security of the systems. GSA is at the heart of these two programmes, accelerating progress in market uptake, engaging with stakeholders, industry and user communities to design and enable services that respond to user needs and boost Europe’s growth, competitiveness, and sustainability.
The GSA ensures that business and citizens get the most out of Europe’s investments in satellite navigation programmes, linking space technology and space applications to user needs, and keeping users at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS.
With over 1 billion Galileo-enabled smartphones and a market uptake moving at an unprecedented pace, the Agency is poised to lead the European Space Programme towards more innovative solutions for business, growth and sustainability.
European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency – Linking space to user needs
AZO – Your Partner in Competition & Innovation
AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company initiating the most important space-related innovation competitions with more than 15,000 participants, over 200 industrial & public – and 400 international stakeholders. The Masters Series, presented by AZO consists of the Galileo Masters, Copernicus Masters, and INNOspace Masters. Additionally, AZO organises the Copernicus Hackathons by the European Commission. AZO runs a very successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 50 million Venture Capital in 2018. Additionally, AZO manages it’s ESA Incubation Centres (ESA BIC) Bavaria and Northern Germany. The ESA BIC Bavaria incubation programme has supported more than 162 company foundations solely in Bavaria to date. Since May 2019, AZO jointly operates the ESA BIC Northern Germany (NG) located in Bremen. For more information, please visit www.azo-space.com.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.