Funds increase for space in response to COVID-19

Some €10 million is now available for proposals to use space to improve healthcare and distance learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the Italian national delegation to ESA. The funding has quadrupled because of the large quantity of high-quality ideas received. ESA first launched its call for proposals “Space in response to COVID-19 outbreak” on 31 March, in collaboration with the Italian Minister for Technological Innovation and Digitalisation and with the support of the Italian Space Agency. More than 120 proposals were made within three weeks, almost 100 of which involved an Italian company.

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