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New strategy adopted New horizons for space travel

From climate protection and research, to navigation and telecommunications: space infrastructure such as satellites are a part of everyday life we could no longer do without. However, space technologies are also key instruments for ensuring the state’s ability to act, which is why the Federal Cabinet has adopted a new Space Strategy.

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A fully assembled test model of the new ESA heavy-cargo rocket Ariane 6 on the launch pad of the European spaceport

Ariane 6 will ensure Europe can get into space independently in the short and medium term.

Photo: ESA-Manuel Pedoussaut

The new Space Strategy is designed to reflect the growing significance of space systems. After all, there has been enormous progress in the industry since the last strategy was drawn up back in 2010. Space-based infrastructure is increasingly an integral part of critical infrastructure. This means that this infrastructure and related aerospace technology are critical to the ability of Germany and Europe to respond to future challenges.

European cooperation

The consequence of this is that even more intense cooperation is required at European and international levels, and that Germany’s ability to contribute and act as a partner must be secured through national activities. Germany and Europe need their own powers in areas related to sovereignty. This includes transporting satellites into space, communications between satellites and between satellites and the earth, and monitoring the situation in space.

In addition to research and development programmes in Germany, the Federal Government is cooperating with the European Space Agency ESA at the EU level. The German aerospace industry has established itself as a producer and supplier of excellent aerospace technology.

You can download the Federal Government’s new Space Strategy  here.

Nine priorities

The priorities of the new Space Strategy include making progress in the area of New Space, combating climate change, availability and utilisation of data, and responsible use of space applications.

The space travel community was involved in drawing up the Space Strategy right from the start through workshops with experts from industry, research and associations. The following priorities were identified:

  • European and international cooperation
  • The aerospace industry as a growing market: high-tech and new space
  • Climate change, resources and environmental protection
  • Digitalisation, data and downstream
  • Security, strategic ability to act, and global stability
  • Sustainable use of space
  • Space research
  • International space exploration
  • Space travel in dialogue and talent recruitment