Space 4 Sports: Technology and satellite-based data have set foot on all levels in sports.

Investments in space are being leveraged in all kinds of sectors to provide innovative services, and sports are no exception. In fact, sports are an important economic sector in modern society. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as Europe’s Galileo constellation, as well as Earth observation data and satellite communications provide a considerable amount of applications for sport activities.

The Initiative took shape in 2016 with the Eurisy Conference on Outdoor Sports. The conference was to identify the innovation potential space can generate for outdoor sports, especially through satellite applications targeted for this market.

With the recent launch of the “Satellites for Sports” series, the Space 4 Sports Initiative has become a full-fledged thematic area. The series aims at promoting satellite applications for the sports sector. The objective is to showcase and boost the versatility of satellite-based data for a diverse set of sports, both at professional and amateur level, by bringing together different stakeholders such as service providers, sports clubs, and sports federations. This setting should lead to a better understanding of how and why satellite technology is deployed in the sports sector, from the identification of barriers hindering its uptake to discussing the options for relevant decision makers and regulators within the space and sports sectors.

Technology and satellite-based data have set foot on all levels, from grassroots clubs to the elite professional athletes. The technology is still emerging and its potential will only increase in the future. With this Initiative, Eurisy will further stimulate satellite-based innovation for sports.