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02 May 22. How can data management improve the circularity of defence capabilities? Under the EDA-managed Incubation Forum for Circular Economy in European Defence (IF CEED), more than 30 experts from 13 countries across Europe met on 26 April 2022 to prioritise the way forward on the role of data for circular economy in European Defence.
Experts from EDA’s participating Member States, defence-related industry and Research-and-Technology Organisations (RTOs) gathered in two sessions of IF CEED working groups (so-called ‘Project Circles’). The core of the discussion covered how to improve circularity by information sharing across the defence-related value chain, while protecting classified or business-sensitive data.
The Project Circle ‘WFD’ discussed the implementation of the article 9(1)(i) of the Waste Framework Directive regarding the reporting of substances of very high concern. It focused on the associated ‘SCIP’ (Substances of Concern In Product) database, its use within the defence supply chain, the implementation of the Directive’s provisions across Member States and issues related to compliance with defence-specific requirements, such as rules on export of military systems.
Then, the Project Circle ‘Circular Data’ started its work on the broader use of data as an enabler for circularity in Defence. Presentations explored the potential uses of data and the concept of ‘Digital Product Passport’, by building on recent initiatives in civilian applications able to cross-fertilise and transfer innovative technologies to the defence sector. Participants shared experiences and views on the needs, benefits and barriers of the implementation of a data-sharing scheme in the military context. They discussed topics such as higher standards of data protection needed for classified information and the relevant scope of data to be shared across supply chains.
Both Project Circles established first priorities, aiming at making the most of data management to develop circularity principles in the defence sector.
The Incubation Forum for Circular Economy in European Defence (IF CEED) is co-funded by the European Union (under the LIFE programme) and the Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – Directorate of Defence. (Source: EDA)
10 May 22. Defence Procurement Minister opens Defence Space 2022.
Defence Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin opens the Defence Space Conference 2022.
As I walked here this morning, I was reflecting that I also delivered a speech not far from here in February. But it already seems like a lifetime ago. A lot has happened.
In the intervening time scientists have discovered a massive comet with a nucleus 50 times that normal size speeding towards earth at approximately 22,000 miles per hour. And, fortunately, on course to miss us by one bn miles. More space tourists have also followed William Shatner’s lead and gone where few have gone before.
Within Defence we have had a lot more to contend with – and directly impacting on space. Putin’s illegal and brutal invasion of Ukraine has provided a powerful and salutary reminder of the operational challenges and opportunities that exist within the space domain.
As in every other domain we have had much to learn.
In the planning scenarios one might have imagined the lights going out and the communications going down. But that’s not, to date, what we’ve seen. The determination and resilience of the Ukrainian people has been assisted by the resilience and utility of space assets.
Nine and a half weeks in and 72 per cent of Ukraine’s communications are still online.
We imagined it would take maybe hours on a good day or more likely days or weeks to attribute intelligence. But that, of course, is not what we’ve seen.
Instead, open-source imagery is providing us all with intelligence, live.
The Kremlin’s disinformation narrative, actually let’s not dress it up here – their lies – have been made to appear clunky, out-dated and absurd.
They said they wouldn’t invade, our ISR said they would. Their claims of what they pretend is the ground truth in Bucha is shown to be a lie when the whole world can see the ground in Bucha. Every individual involved in armed conflict now knows they are being watched and the international community will not forget what they have seen.
Another example Absent War it could have taken years to form the agreements that could help support and protect a country’s communications in the event of some catastrophic attack.
Instead responding immediately to this brutal, illegal invasion we’ve witnessed Starlink, courtesy of Elon Musk, gifting equipment as well as humanitarian aid. Even when the jammers started their all-too predictable attacks, Starlink’s experts have managed, to date, to stop them in their tracks.
In Space as in every domain it is far too early to draw final conclusions.
But the UK, seeing what we are seeing on the ground and in the skies, remains absolutely focused on our ongoing actions to increase capability in this area. Our launch of the Defence Space Strategy in February, coupled with our first integrated National Space Strategy and the establishment of our single joint Space Command paves the way for the UK to become a more resilient, more robust and more significant space player on the global stage.
I spoke back in February about our investments. £5 bn over 10 years already allocated to our future Skynet Satellite communications. A further £1.5 bn allocated to support defence operations over the next decade. And ms invested already. On next generation constellations of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance satellites in Low Earth Orbit. On optical laser communication technology to deliver the equivalent of high-speed broadband. On other infrastructure that will provide the digital backbone on which our whole space enterprise depends.
Amongst those investments was a pair of tiny shoebox-sized satellites – forming the Prometheus 2 mission – and destined to have an outsize impact. Built by In-Space Missions in Alton, Hampshire, this will be a test platform for monitoring radio signals including GPS, and conducting sophisticated imaging working with our international partners, with joint mission operations undertaken between In-Space, Dstl and Airbus.
But there’s much more on board that satellite. For it also carries that sense of adventure. That delight in discovery. This mission is about examination, experimentation, exploration. There is so much we need learn and we know that Prometheus 2 will provide sparks to illuminate our future in space.
And today I am delighted to update you on Prometheus’ progress. Some forty years ago the first British satellite Ariel 1 was sent into orbit on board a US rocket. Rekindling that arrangement, in partnership with the American National Reconnaissance Office, this year we will send Prometheus 2 into space with Virgin Orbit. Launching from their new spaceport in Cornwall. It will be the first time the U.K. has launched a British satellite into space. It represents another giant step forward in our surge to become a space power.
These latest launches remind us that space is no longer the monolithic preserve of governments. Today the space enterprise is about collaboration. Bringing together the unique skills and intellectual heft of our supplier – those within the private sector, within academia and within the international community. Those within this room.
And the purpose of this conference is to harness that collective brain power. To answer some of the key questions that have arisen from the conflict in Ukraine and ultimately apply those lessons to shape our space future.
To help kick-start the debate I thought it might be helpful to pose a few questions of my own. How can get more out of Science & Technology R&D targeted defence needs? If we agree “buy before build or own only where needed”, how can we access and protect assured space-based capabilities to deliver military support on operations? And how can we accelerate our collaborations so that we not only deal swiftly with dangers in real time but minimise the bureaucracy that all too often bogs down space innovation?
Perhaps, most critically of all, how can we create and enforce international rules so that space remains safe and secure for all? Thanks to research produced by the European Space Agency we know that humans’ behaviour in space is improving. That we are getting better at spotting and tracking smaller fragments of space debris.
But we also know that not enough satellites are removed from heavily congested low-earth orbits at the end of their lives. I’m sure you’re all familiar with that artist’s impression of our fragile blue earth surrounded by a halo of space junk.
Equally, we know our adversaries are far less cautious about operating in space than we are. Only a few weeks ago the International Space Station was having to take evasive action to avoid Russian satellite debris. The US recently took the bold and, I believe correct, decision to ban destructive ASAT testing. But the question for us is how can that be enforced? And how do we respond if those bans are subsequently ignored?
So, plenty of food for thought today and I am very much looking forward to hearing your deliberations and conclusions over the coming days.
Ukraine has confirmed a fundamental shift in the dial. Space capabilities are vital for us today but will be even more critical for our tomorrow. To reach the outer limits we must make a space pivot. But we must do so together. Published 10 May 2022 (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
06 May 22. Rohde & Schwarz continues virtual Satellite Industry Days Series with Non-Terrestrial Networks and satellite 5G/IOT.
After the successful launch event in February, Rohde & Schwarz continues its program with the second free virtual event about satellite and space technologies. The company will present industry experts, who will take a close look on next steps on Non-Terrestrial Networks and satellite 5G/IOT. Rohde & Schwarz has announced its second Satellite Industry Day. Starting on May 24, 2022, 3 p.m. CET, the event will enable participants to virtually meet with industry partners and leading experts. The emerging market of Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) for high rate data internet, data links and globally available communication services is viewed by many experts as the next disruptor to both the satellite communication and wireless communication businesses. In the second session of the Satellite Industry Days series, Rohde & Schwarz will take a closer look at the promises and opportunities of this new technology and discuss the technical challenges and requirements on the road to successfully implement communication services beyond cellular.
Experts from Rohde & Schwarz, GateHouse Satcom A/S, University der Bundeswehr Munich, SES Networks and Technology Vision Consulting will talk about:
- What is done to build up large constellation networks of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to facilitate new satellite 5G/IOT services?
- How regulatory bodies like 3GPP are developing standards to enable new omnipresent communication services?
- What business cases will benefit most from the newly available services?
- What are the deployment strategies and technology choices of the LEO and MEO satellite operators?
The day will end with a panel discussion with all experts.
“From the beginning of 3GPP, the vision of ubiquitous communications included the usage of satellite or airborne based network components. In the short history we saw a tremendous development in the satellite and aerospace community as well as in worldwide wireless communication requirements. With 3GPP Release 17, the vision of ubiquitous communication networks including satellite and airborne can become a reality. The global radio access technology 5G New Radio enables NTN connectivity. Diving into some technical challenges of NTN, the event will give insights how to leverage the deployment of NTN capable devices and networks,” comments Reiner Stuhlfauth, Technology Manager Wireless, Rohde & Schwarz.
“We are monitoring the fast-paced satellite market closely and welcome the opportunity to discuss with experts and partners from the industry suitable answers to the most challenging technical developments. The Rohde & Schwarz Satellite Industry Days provide an excellent set-up to foster exchange, discussion and mutual learning in this regard”, adds Dr. Thomas Nicolay, Vice President Aerospace & Defense Test at Rohde & Schwarz.
Registration for the free event and further information on the Satellite Industry Day Series 2022 is available at: https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/aerospace-defense/satellite-days
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Our 2022 conference theme:
Integrating Electromagnetic Effects across all Domains
The control of the electromagnetic spectrum is a fundamental requirement in modern warfare in all domains whether land, sea air, space, information or cyber. Systems operating in these domains must be able to communicate, make decisions, share information and take actions in a coordinated, controlled and effective manner using the electromagnetic spectrum.
To achieve and maintain this dominance, electronic warfare, radar, navigation, situational awareness and other information and communication systems require significant levels of integration and interoperability across all types of platforms and in all domains. Innovative integrated systems requirements, applications and enabling technologies will be considered from intelligence data gathering, analysis and data fusion through to the deployment of countermeasures and other actions that use the electromagnetic spectrum.
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