Cyprus gaining ground in space tech services
Cyprus is gaining ground in the field of space technology services, and had already granted ten licences to organisations to launch telecommunication satellites using the space that Cyprus has secured through the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
The director of the department of electronic communications at the ministry of transport, communications and works, Georgios Komodromos, told CNA Cyprus’ geographic position allows the island to ‘see’ satellites located above Asia and Australia and collect data where other earth stations in Europe have no communication.
He said Cyprus the business model attracts organisations that ask to be licensed to send satellites to space, by using the rights of the Republic that were secured by the island through the ITU. Any country that secures an area must launch a satellite within seven years, otherwise the right it has secured is lost.
Cyprus has to date 40 areas in space and has so far issued ten licences, noting that many countries in the world have issued only one license. In this respect, Cyprus is beginning to gain on importance, he said.