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Space Y Partner in the Horizon Europe ASTRAIOS Project

Space Y is proud to be part of the ASTRAIOS (Analysis of Skills, Training, Research and Innovation Opportunities in Space) project, which kicked off in January 2023 and will run until December 2025.

The project aims to provide an exhaustive view and understanding of the current and future offer of space curricula and courses in the European Union. The project will characterise the demand from the European space industry and identify actionable ways towards better alignment between the educational offer and the skills required by the future European space industry. This will foster innovation and increase EU competitiveness in the space sector.

The project will start by mapping the educational offer across the EU-27 at at Bachelor, Master, postgraduate and continuing education levels. This will include measuring  the  average  time  and  cost required for a degree leading to a career in the space sector. A socio-economic analysis of the population of students enrolled in space-related studies will be performed, which will create a Europe-wide space competencies  and  skills  taxonomy  within the European academic offer for the space sector.

The project will then analyse future trends and challenges of the EU space sector. The analysis will cover current and future needs in both technical skills and soft skills, such as collaborative working, multicultural aspects, multidisciplinary approaches, creative thinking, etc. that future European students and professionals will need to develop.

Based on the identification and understanding of future needs, the project will carry out a full assessment of the adequacy between space curricula  and  sector  needs.  This  will  enable the harmonisation of the industry needs and educational offer across the EU-27 over the next 10-15 years and include the standardising of career opportunities for students enrolled in European universities. The project will also develop course modules related to Earth Observation (EO) and Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) to promote space jobs and careers.

More information about ASTRAIOS: Twitter, LinkedIn and ASTRAIOS Press Release.