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GOVSATCOM makes EU stronger on security and defence


[ 1 ] Defence Projects Department, Polish space Agency, Poland | [ 2 ] Cracow University of Economics, Poland | [ 3 ] Polish Space Agency, Poland

Year of publication


Published in

Security and Defence Quarterly

Journal year: 2020 | Journal volume: vol. 28 | Journal number: no. 1

Article type

scientific article

Publication language


  • Defence systems
  • European Union
  • International security
  • National security
  • Satellite

EN 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.

Date of online publication


Pages (from - to)

44 - 53




License type

CC BY-NC-ND (attribution - noncommercial - no derivatives)

Open Access Mode

open journal

Open Access Text Version

final published version

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Points of MNiSW / journal in years 2017-2021