‘Space conference in Brussels focuses on big data from space”

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Chair of the Estonian Delegation to the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) Barbi Pilvre said that the main topic of the Plenary Session of the Conference, which takes place in Brussels this year, was processing of the big data from space activities. Big data from space refers to remote sensing data obtained from satellites and satellite services, which is used on Earth for environment monitoring, security, infrastructure monitoring, and satellite positioning.

“Entrepreneurs from different sectors see more and more new business opportunities both in space and on the Earth,” Chair of the Estonian Delegation to the EISC Barbi Pilvre said. “At the same time, in the opinion of the Belgians, there are deficiencies in legislation that deals with the processing of the big data from space,” she added. “The entrepreneurs need legal certainty and clear framework on the extent and the ways of using these data, and this year’s plenary session tries to find solutions to such problems,” Chair of the Estonian Delegation emphasized.

This year Belgium is holding the chairmanship of the EISC. Pilvre pointed out that Belgium had referred to the resolution adopted during the Estonian chairmanship in their choice of the topic of the Space Conference. This year, the processing of big data, cyberspace and legal issues relating to space will be discussed at the conference.

Estonia held the annually rotating chairmanship of the EISC last year, and this brought two significant international events to Estonia. Parliamentarians, space experts and space-related entrepreneurs from all over Europe came to Estonia to discuss legislation, e-society and sustainable space policy. The decision to update the European space laws was passed at the Plenary Session of the Conference.

The European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) was established in 1999. National parliaments of the Member States of the European Union and of the European Space Agency that have created a parliamentary body dealing with space affairs are eligible for its full membership. At present, the organization has 12 full members and one associate member.

Krishan Chand

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