Climate change, resource management, international security, and the other great challenges of our era call for global thinking and action. Space applications like Earth observation, satellite communication, and satellite navigation play a crucial part in addressing these tasks of the future:
The use of Earth observation as well as satellite communication and navigation services has come to be taken for granted. They have turned out to be a source for economic prosperity and national security as well as providing everyday convenience for citizens. Integrating space applications into entirely novel services constitutes an attractive field of business for the private sector and particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The OECD report entitled 'The Space Economy at a Glance 2011' highlights the role of space applications as a prime mover for further economic development. The Space Administration supports the expansion of existing capabilities in Germany and aims to create added value by advancing the integrated application of these technologies.