Greece: Greek space agency sees light

Minister Pappas, to make up for delay in sector

31 January, 14:35

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 31 - The Greek minister for telecommunications and digital policy, Nikos Pappas, has presented a draft law to create a Greek space agency. The agency, called National center for space applications (Edke is the Greek acronym), aimed at "making up for the country's huge deficit in this area,", said the ministry in a statement quoted by Kathimerini.

    "The launch of the Hellas Sat satellite this year will create important commercial opportunities, which will be developed by a space policy agency along European lines", explained the statement. According to the ministry, Ekde will be able to rent satellite transponders, when they will not be used by the State, and will act as intermediary between Greek and foreign operators in the scientific research, commercial and military sectors.

    Ekde will have to develop space technology at the service of environmental monitoring and for the prevention of fires and construction violations.

    According to Pappas, "Greece is one of the few European countries that does not have an organization for commercially and scientifically utilizing its rights or the plethora of research and scientific applications and resources available through the European Space Agency". (ANSAmed)
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