Clearly, the goal of space research is to learn more about the universe and our solar system. But for the FFG every mission to the stars also involves scientific findings that can be profitably exploited here on planet Earth. Space technology applications range from telecommunications through to environmental and climate research as well as transport and security. Austria benefits not only scientifically but also economically. Austrian companies are successful international players supplying top technologies for infrastructure and application development solutions.
Apart from the generic FFG programmes, the Austrian Space Applications Programme ASAP and the Space Programme under the 7th EU Framework Programme are of special relevance for space research projects.