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PSSI Space Security Program Director Chairs Inaugural Defence Satellite Conference in Brussels

19.05.2016

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Jana Robinson, chaired the inaugural Defence Satellites conference organized by [Intelligence Sec] in Brussels on May 10-12, 2016 (agenda is available here). Representatives from the EU, ESA, national Ministries of Defense, and commercial entities (e.g. AGI, SES, LuxGovSat, etc.) discussed developments in the vital areas of Space Situational Awareness (SSA)/Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST), Earth observation, and satellite communications, with the main focus on the European space landscape in both the public and private sectors.

In the area of Earth observation, representatives from Ministries of Defense discussed their national capabilities, as well as benefits of, and obstacles to, collaboration in this sphere.  Commercial representatives from QinetiQ and Urthecast also introduced their technical capabilities. The EU Satellite Centre explained their mandate, including their role in supporting the EU external action through the Copernicus program, and their “front desk” role in the EU SST framework.

In the area of telecommunications, considerations involved in the development of GovSatCom at a European level were explained by European Defence Agency (EDA) and European Commission (EC) representatives, and LuxGovSat provided an overview of their business activities, including the plan to launch their GovSatCom-1 in 2017. Ministries of Defense representatives provided an overview of their MilSatCom capabilities.

In the area of SSA, the speakers discussed opportunities and limitations related to SSA sharing and the role of commercial entities, such as the AGI. An EU representative explained the EU SST Framework, including the functioning of a Consortium established, at least for now, among five EU Member States to share their individual SST capabilities. SDA provided an overview of the evolution of their organization since it was established in 2009, as well as its future priorities. ESA explained its SSA program for the period of 2017-2020. Satellite IRG discussed its work in the arena of radio frequency interference.

It was concluded that due to the already complex traffic in space (including some less experienced operators), the ever-present issue of space debris, the tense geopolitical situation, and the need for a more comprehensive SSA, space security should be accorded greater attention at senior political levels. 

Call for Applications: Workshop “Become a Mythbuster” on Disinformation and Fact-Checking Tools for Students of Journalism

16.10.2018

PSSI is now accepting applications from students of journalism and related subjects for the workshop, “Become a Mythbuster.” The deadline for applications is on the 20th of November, 2018.  The workshop will focus on disinformation ... more »

PSSI at 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)

07.10.2018

PSSI took part in the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held this year on October 1-5, 2018, in Bremen, Germany. The theme of this year’s Congress was “IAC2018 – Involving Eveyone“ (more information about ... more »

PSSI Published a Second Briefing Paper Written within the Project “Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Assessing Non-Democratic External Influence Activities"

21.09.2018

The second briefing paper focuses on Russian, Chinese, Turkish and Gulf States’ influence and activities in the political arena of the Western Balkan countries. Defining the political sphere is particularly difficult since it permeates all other ... more »

PSSI to Hold a Public Debate on Cyber Warfare

15.09.2018

Cyber Warfare in the 21st Century Former secretary of defense Leon Panetta once described cyber warfare as “the most serious threat in the twenty-first century,” capable of destroying our entire infrastructure and crippling the nation. ... more »

PSSI Contributes to AMOS SSA Policy Forum

14.09.2018

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, participated in a panel discussion at the SSA Policy Forum, part of the annual Advanced Maui Optical and Surveillance (AMOS) Technologies Conference, held in Maui, Hawaii, on September ... more »

PSSI Held a Brainstorming Meeting on China’s One Belt One Road Initiative with Experts from V4+ Countries

13.09.2018

On September 13, PSSI held a brainstorming meeting with project partners within the project „Comparative analysis of the approach towards China: V4+ and One Belt, One Road (OBOR)“. Invited experts presented their briefings, in which they ... more »