EMTech Cyprus and Geomatics Cyprus have teamed together to conduct the European Space Agency (ESA) Cyprus spacE sectoR dEvelopment Study (CERES), under the Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS). CERES was completed successfully on the 4th of August 2021. The objective of the study was to assess the potential for the development of Cyprus’ industrial capabilities in the space sector, the technologies already available and the readiness of the State to be involved in ESA programmes.
EMTech, having the technical know-how and a vast experience with ESA projects, supported in the formation of an initial strategic plan. Our reward was not only the joy of participating in a national effort but also exploring the Cypriot prospective in the specific sector, being confident it will eventually turn into a future cooperation.
Geomatics Cyprus working in the field of Earth Observation and undertaking commercial and R & D projects in Cyprus and Eastern European countries, performed a “RoadMap List for Services” verifying the Cypriot capabilities in the sector.
The initial phase of the study included the review and evaluation of the current space capabilities and the projection of future development. Overall, more than 100 Cypriot entities participated, with major milestone of the study the two workshops concerning Earth Observation and Technology. During those workshops, development scenarios were discussed with all attending stakeholders. The participants represented governmental agencies, academia and industry, as well as three Large System Integrators: THALES Group, OHB, and Airbus. The second part and the outcome of the feasibility study focused on the preparation of a roadmap for the way ahead of the space sector in Cyprus and recommendations regarding the space policy of the State with respect to synergies with ESA activities and programs.
Among other results, a review of ESA programs (i.e.: Optional and Mandatory) and a validation of national capabilities and opportunities to competitively succeed in several ESA programs, is included. Taking into consideration all information gathered, the CERES team proposed specific steps for the evolution of the space sector in Cyprus, as well as a series of long-term activities to be materialized by all potential participants.
Mr. Argyris Hadjipanteli, Business Development Manager of EMTech Cyprus, made the following statement: “We are pleased that ESA and Cyprus authorities trusted us to carry out this study. We are glad to have received very positive feedback for our effort. Major gain for our company is the achieved strengthening of our presence in Cyprus. Honored for the people we met and eager for potential future collaborations. Many thanks to Geomatics Cyprus for the excellent cooperation. Always a pleasure to continuously support the Cypriot space sector.”
Mrs. Vasiliki (Betty) Charalampopoulou, GEOMATICS (Cyprus) Ltd Director made the following statement: “Closing out CERES isn’t just a matter of executing deliverables. Though the process we received a great encourage from the Cypriot Market and Academia and our vision is to future collaborations since productivity and performance speaks to the larger subject of helping all those organizations to meet their goals and objectives working with Space initiatives. The closing phase also gives us the opportunity to review and evaluate the project’s success “Lessons Learned”, truly promoting institutional strengthening, which is crucial for planning and executing successful projects in the future. Last but not least …“Rewarding CERES team to acknowledge a job well done”.