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the European Commission will present a draft law at CYSAT

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the European Commission will present a draft law at CYSAT

The European Commission, the EU Space Program Agency (EUSPA) and the members of the Industrial Consortium of the future European constellation IRIS² have chosen CYSAT 2024the largest international event dedicated to cybersecurity for the space industry, will take place in Paris on 24 and 25 April at Station F, for a series of exclusive announcements that will define the future of the space sector in Europe.

The international conference will be attended by, among others, Massimo Mercati, Head Security Office of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Rodrigo da Costa, executive director of the European Union Space Program Agency (EUSPA).

Towards a European space law

At CYSAT in Paris European Commission will make a series of announcements on the first draft European Space Law which will broadly address issues of safety and sustainability.

The European Space Law establishes minimum requirements for all space systems, regarding collision avoidance, deorbiting standards for satellites and cybersecurity risk management. But it will also address security issues in the current fragile geopolitical context of the war in Ukraine, protecting Europe’s space system from systemic security risks.

“We need to build a true EU single market for space and this is, of course, the aim of the next EU space law,” he had declared Thierry Breton, commissioner for the internal market, in a keynote speech at the European space conference on 23 January.

The draft law, which the European Commission will begin to outline at CYSAT in Paris, will help harmonize the current very diverse space regime within the EU, where 11 member states have their own national space laws. A fragmented approach, which prevents the EU from acting as a bloc.

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The EU space law will establish common rules relating to space activities focusing on three areas: security, resilience and sustainability.

Another announcement concerns the future of IRIS².

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The IRIS² satellite constellation is in some ways the European Union’s response to today’s pressing challenges by offering greater communication capabilities to government actors, while ensuring high-speed broadband to address connectivity dead zones. In the fragile context of the war in Ukraine, in a historical moment in which Russia shoots down all the satellites to prevent Ukraine from accessing the satellite networks, weakening the country’s defenses, the new constellation of IRIS ² satellites should be able to compete with the Elon Musk’s Starlink and Jeff Bezos’ Kuiper constellations, making it possible to offer solid satellite coverage on a European basis. Italy will be at the center of this satellite project as the control center of the new European satellite constellation IRIS² will be built at the Fùcino space center in Abruzzo.

Another fundamental announcement that will be made at the CYSAT in Paris is that of a European space defense legislation with the presentation of the EU Space ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Centre), in the presence of its founding members.

Space ISAC will be the most comprehensive and single source of data, facts and analysis on space security and threats to space assets. This structure is destined to become the European space defense platform through which Member States will be able to share strategic information collected by their respective intelligence services. The platform is set in the context of the EU’s Strategic Compass for Security and Defense plan, a practical action plan to strengthen EU security and defense by 2030.

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