Space research achievements under the 7th Framework Programme
The following introduction to the compilation of papers describes the objectives and first results from projects selected under the first calls for proposals under the FP7 Space Research Programme. It provides a short overview of EU funded space research and the benefits for our society. These papers illustrate how space technologies can improve our knowledge of the sustainability of our living conditions on earth. In addition, they highlight the contribution of space technologies to improving the competitiveness and innovative capacity of European industry.