Silicones, key enablers of Europe’s journey to space
Space technology and data are essential to the functioning of modern society. Since the beginning of the space age in 1957, more than 6000 rockets were launched, placing approximately 14 700 satellites into the Earth’s orbit.
These satellites support many of our day-to-day activities, such as the use of mobile services or navigation. In addition, space technology is critical to our response to global challenges, from climate change to humanitarian crises. The European Union (EU) has committed to an ambitious Space Policy, which would facilitate its sustainable and digital transitions. As one of the pillars of the EU Space Programme, the European Earth Observation (EO) system “Copernicus” provides atmosphere, marine and land monitoring services, as well as climate change, emergency management and security services. Silicones are key enablers of space technology, helping the EU to leverage its industrial and scientific capabilities in the sector.
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