GOVSATCOM makes EU stronger on security and defence
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Defence Projects Department, Polish space Agency, Poland
Cracow University of Economics, Poland
Polish Space Agency, Poland
Rafał Borek   

Defence Projects Department, Polish space Agency, Powsińska, 02-903, Warsaw, Poland
Submission date: 2020-01-10
Final revision date: 2020-03-04
Acceptance date: 2020-03-04
Online publication date: 2020-03-17
Publication date: 2020-03-26
Security and Defence Quarterly 2020;28(1):44–53
In the era of cyber threats and incidents related to the issue, secure communication for applications in critical circumstances responds to the growing need in Europe, where the use of commercial services is becoming insufficient. One solution that fulfils security needs is to provide accessible and reliable services based on space segment resources that are government controlled. The aim of the paper is to investigate Governmental Satellite Communication (Govsatcom), which is the first such large initiative to strengthen and increase the security and defence of the community of European countries. Furthermore, the paper discusses some implications related to the demand for this type of satellite communication and describes the engagement of the main involved institutions i.e. the European Space Agency, European Defence Agency, and European Commission, especially elaborating the PACIS projects running under ESA umbrella, which are one of the main preparatory actions for the IV EU Space Programme. Considerations about future relations between related parties and Poland’s possible engagement and the kind of benefits it would deliver are also considered. The paper leads to a conclusion that the future EU space programme creates a proper environment for cooperation between community members and delivers an opportunity to use safe and secure satellite communication for members who cannot afford to have their own capabilities.
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