It has been dubbed “new space”. It is a wave of start-ups, many with their roots in the IT sector, who are exploiting satellites made with cheap, off-the-shelf components.

Many of these new companies are based in the US, but in this interview with Jonathan Amos, the Science Correspondent for the BBC, Josef Aschbacher, the Director of Earth Observation at the European Space Agency, explains how he believes that European firms can more than hold their own, given the right kind of support.

New Paradigm in Earth Observation