We organized an information meeting on the optional ESA ARTES program and its component - Govsatcom Precursor.
The Polish Space Agency organized an information meeting for representatives of government and business administration with ESA representatives. Its purpose was to discuss the activities related to the planned launch of Govsatcom Precursor and its preparatory phase - implemented by ESA. The meeting was held in Warsaw's POLSA office on Tuesday, 15 November 2016.
The Govsatcom initiative launched by the European Commission, the European Space Agency and the European Defense Agency aims to create an independent, autonomous and secure satellite communications system for the governments of the European Union member states. Govsatcom's preparatory actions for launching the program are currently being conducted by ESA under the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program.
Four representatives of governmental administration and representatives of Polish companies and research institutions in the space sector, including KenBit, Assecco, Warsaw University of Technology, Orange Poland and PGZ participated in the meeting organized by the Defense Projects Department. During the presentation part, representatives of ESA: Hermann L. Moeller, Head of Institutional and European Programs Office, and Dr Harald Hauschildt, Head of the Govsatcom and Secure Communications Section discussed the program components. Optional ARTES: Govsatcom Precursor, SCYLIGHT and GlobeNET. In the second part of the meeting, during the individual consultations, ESA representatives answered questions about the possibility of involving Polish companies in the creation of Govsatcom.
Organization of information meetings is one of the activities implemented by the Department of Defense Projects of the Polish Space Agency aiming to include Polish entities in Govsatcom Precursor. Participation in Govsatcom will allow homegrown businesses to increase their technological competencies and gain valuable experience in advanced satellite and space projects.