Through its activities in aerospace and defence, EADS has developed a large portfolio of technologies which will enable innovation across many other sectors, facilitating solutions that may one day spectacularly change our daily lives.
Eye in the sky
Aerospace and defence technologies are being applied outside their traditional ﬁelds to address the social and environmental challenges that we face today. Satellites make an important contribution to quantifying the effect of climate change by helping to measure desertiﬁcation, arctic ice recession, rising sea levels and shifting oceanic currents, and carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. They also have the potential to help generate 'green' energy. Satellites provide reliable data for monitoring forest cover and its carbon dioxide sequestration capability.
Telecommunication satellites stimulate economic growth by making communications easier and cheaper. Furthermore, they help remote communities in developing countries, bringing them communications without the need for ﬁxed telecommunications infrastructure and making services such as tele-medicine and tele-learning possible.