EC selects New Symphonie
December 10, 2021
By Chris Forrester
New Symphonie, a newly established consortium made up of 22 European space companies, has won the European Commission call for tenders to develop New Space solutions for an innovative European broadband constellation.
The consortium will leverage the new ideas, prevalent in the commercial space ecosystem, to develop secure and resilient global connectivity in response to a rapid digital transformation and rise of cyber threats. The consortium is led by Euroconsult and Unseenlabs and receives the €1.4 million initial funding for a 6-month study.
The entire list of New Symphonie participants represents a diverse, pan-European mix of organisations; Aerospacelab, Anywaves, Avio, Cailabs, DE-CIX, Exolaunch, AAC Hyperion, Exotrail, Fresnel Alliance, Gomspace, Greenerwave, Integrasys, KSAT, Loft Orbital, Qest Antenna Technology, Satconsult, Secure-Ic, Sener, Sitael, Tesat and Transatel
Pacôme Revillon, Euroconsult Group’s CEO, commented: “NewSpace, at its core, is about adopting a collaborative, dynamic approach to delivering benefits to the society using space technology. I have no doubt that the New Symphonie consortium reflects the industry we serve and embodies that sentiment. On behalf on the 22 members, we look forward to working with the European Commission on this project and playing our role in an increasingly connected, autonomous and secure European Union for all member states.”
This undertaking stems from the European Commission’s ambition to develop secure and resilient global connectivity in response to a rapid digital transformation and to the corresponding rise of cyber threats. This strategic objective was outlined by European Commission President von der Leyen in her State of the Union address of 2020.