Galileo is the programme, originated from the co-operation between the European Union and the European Space Agency (ESA), aimed at improving the technological self-sufficiency of Europe and at defining the international standards for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).
The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) – a joint project of ESA, the European Commission and Eurocontrol – is the first pan-European satellite navigation system with a high accuracy geolocation feature (less than 3m.), which improves GPS accuracy. The system provides differential correction messages and integrity data for the satellites which are in view of a monitoring stations network.
COSMO-SkyMed, one of the most innovative Earth Observation programmes, has been financed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Education, University, and Scientific Research.
The Copernicus programme, coordinated by the European Commission in collaboration with ESA, is designed to monitor the environment and to mitigate the effects of climate change, contributing to the management of humanitarian emergencies, natural disasters and civil security
European Space Agency (ESA) is developing six families of Sentinel satellite missions specifically designed for the operational needs of the Copernicus programme. The Sentinels provide high-resolution radar and optical images of our planet.
PRISMA (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa/HyperSpectral Precursor of the Application Mission) is a programme-funded by Italian Space Agency (ASI) and represents a global excellence, which highlights the capacity of Italy to provide a turnkey space system, from design to construction, from launching to ground data management.
SICRAL is Italy’s satellite system for military communications, boasting unprecedented flexibility and versatility. The system allows interoperability between the networks of defence, law enforcement and civil emergency agencies, and those responsible for the management of strategic infrastructure.
The ATHENA-FIDUS programme (Access on THeatres and European Nations for Allied forces - French Italian Dual Use Satellite) is a French-Italian telecommunications system based on a geostationary satellite for dual use broadband communications services.
OPTSAT-3000 is a space programme for Earth observation by the Italian Ministry of Defence. The system is made up of a high resolution optical satellite and a ground segment for in-orbit control, mission planning and acquisition and processing of images.
The Göktürk-1 programme has led to the construction by Telespazio (prime contractor) and Thales Alenia Space, for the Turkish Ministry of Defence (SSM, Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı), of a satellite for Earth observation with a high-resolution optical sensor, a satellite integration and test centre in Ankara (inaugurated in 2015), and the complete ground segment, which is in charge of mission control, in-orbit operation, data acquisition and processing.