In October 2021, a High-Level Advisory Group appointed by ESA DG made recommendations on the main societal challenges representing priorities for a reinforced and more effective cooperation between ESA, its Member States, and the EU and highlighted the importance of accelerating the use of Space in Europe.

The Advisory Group identified three main thematic areas of action corresponding to three Accelerators:

  • Space for a Green Future (the S4GF Accelerator);
  • Rapid and Resilient Crisis Response (the R3 Accelerator); and
  • Protection of Space Assets (the PROTECT Accelerator).

This ESPI Executive Brief aims to deepen the concept of the Accelerators and the steps that have been taken so far. Additionally, this brief also highlights the concrete challenges that this new approach could pose, as well as the opportunities and new perspectives it could provide.

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