Topic 6

Space security and Defense

 12 October 2020 16:30 - 19:00 CET

Space security and Defense

As identified in the space work programme of the European Union, the number of space actors, public and private, is increasing, and with them comes the development of new space technologies and markets (such as reusable launchers, mass produced small satellites, in-orbit servicing and operations, space mining, sub-orbital flights). As a result, the number of objects in orbit will likely increase dramatically in the near future as well as new types of activities are emerging raising concerns for launcher operations, safe access to and operations in space and long-term sustainability of space. To cope with this evolution, those future space operations from the Newspace may require new technical guidelines or new best practices for "Space Traffic Management" (STM) in order to preserve the space environment. This evolution is currently taking place in the US with the expected involvement of the Department of Commerce on space safety. Europe must be an actor of this change in order to maintain its autonomy for safely accessing and using space. Indeed, in 2019 French president declared the creation of a space force command, paving the way to close links between space security and defence. This topic will address the major building blocks and the latest development linked to STM, Secure Communication, development of quantum technologies as well as the trending use of Artificial Intelligence in dealing with Emergency and Security Space services.


  • Space Traffic Management and SST

  • Govsatcom and Quantum technologies

  • AI in emergency and security services   

  • Towards a Space Command? 


Satellite hacking: how to secure space control links


Nicola De Quattro

Head of Engineering and Innovation at Vitrociset Belgium S.R.L.

Nicola De Quattro is currently the Head of Engineering and Innovation at Vitrociset Belgium. He has background in telecommunications engineering and remote sensing and has worked for twelve years as systems engineer for telecommunications, earth observation, science and navigation missions. In the last five years working for Galileo 2nd Generation, he has been involved in systems engineering activities, among other topics, for the development of new secure communications concepts and experimental payloads concept design.


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