espi report 20.jpg 22 September 2009. Space applications for security are being increasingly recognised. The use of space for internal security, understood to comprise the handling of civilian threats and terrorism, remains, however, neglected. This study provides a building block towards the development of a comprehensive joint European concept for the provision of internal security through space applications.

The study on “ Space and Internal Security  – Developing a Concept for the Use of Space Assets to Assure a Secure Europe”, authored by ESPI Project Manager Nina-Louisa Remuß, deals with the role of space applications and Europe’s options in the context of providing internal security. The study looks at five different mission areas – intelligence, early warning and risk management, critical infrastructures protection, transportation security, border security and emergency management – while at the same time distinguishing between three phases of incident management for each of these areas: pre-attack, attack and post-attack.


Speakers at the Workshop on Space and Internal Security of 28 May 2009 at ESPI. From left to right: Giovanni Cannizzaro (Telespazio), Erwin Duhamel (Head Strategic Security and Partnerships European Space Agency), Alfredo Roma (Member of ESPI Advisory Board and Consultant for the Aerospace Industry), Aurélie Bressollette (EADS Astrium), Alessandra Ussorio (European Union Satellite Centre), Thomas Brandtner (Head of Unit DG C II, Competitiveness, Lisbon Strategy, Industrial Policy, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union),Mari Kalliala (Head, Analytical Planning Section, Risk Analysis Unit FRONTEX ), Nina-Louisa Remuß (ESPI Project Manager) , Bruno Gagnou (Sales Director Business Unit Navigation ThalesAlenia Space), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI Director), Petr Havlik (Head Czech EU Council Presidency Team, UN, UNODC, UNIDO), Bernard Molard (Eurospace - Chairman, Security and Defence Workgroup), Marcelo Masera (Joint Research Centre)

The Study differentiates between technological capabilities and limitations and concrete research and development as well as implemented projects at both the EU and the national level. At the same time it identifies the main actors and their mission areas as to give an overview of the existing institutional set-up and possible gaps and areas for improvements, thereby it offers a comprehensive status report on the use of space applications for the provision of internal security and proposes the development of an all-encompassing concept to the provision of internal security.








Study author Nina-Louisa Remuß (right) chairing a panel at the Workshop on Space and Internal Security

- ESPI Report 20: “Internal Security and Space – Developing a Concept for the Use of Space Assets to Assure a Secure Europe"

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