12 February 2008. Receiving an ESPI delegation at Torrejon, Frank Asbeck, Director of EUSC, voiced a strong interest of his centre in ESPI’s activities.
The European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) is the EU entity gathering, analyzing and disseminating geospatial information for security applications. Its importance as the main European provider of essential information for operations in the framework of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) is steadily growing. Created under the Western European Union, EUSC has recently become an entity of the EU Council. At its location in Torrejon near Madrid, it disposes of a highly specialized staff of image analysts.
EUSC has already contributed to ESPI’s study on Space Situational Awareness through the participation of its Deputy Director Tomaz Lovrencic in the respective study group. In the future, a close cooperation is foreseen where ESPI is analyzing Europe’s governance in space security and its international relations in this field.
Visiting EUSC were ESPI's Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Research Fellow Wolfgang Rathgeber (who has authored the forthcoming study on data policy for Space Situational Awareness and is covering the area of space for security at the institute) and Marcel Dickow (Visiting Researcher at ESPI and author of an ESPI Flash Report and the joint memorandum on space for security with the IFSH Hamburg).