Is NATO Ready for Galileo?

Is NATO Ready for Galileo? How the Combination of GPS and Galileo could Increase NATO’s Resiliency in PNT By Lieutenant Colonel Tim Vasen, DEU A, JAPCC Introduction NATO operations rely significantly on space support services given by the member nations. One of the most essential is the Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) service1, provided by…

Responsive Launch of ISR Satellites

Responsive Launch of ISR Satellites A Key Element of Space Resilience? By Lieutenant Colonel Tim Vasen, DEU A, JAPCC Introduction NATO operations rely on Space Support provided by satellites, such as Satellite Communications (SatCom), Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), as a critical mission enabler. The services of ISR systems,…

Space Resilience – Why and How?

Space Resilience – Why and How? The Importance of Space Resilience and the Current Approach By Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Console, ITA AF, JAPCC Introduction Modern warfare is highly reliant on Space. From GPS-guided munitions to Communications and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Space is almost ubiquitous when high-tech military applications are involved. The relevance of…

14th NATO Bi-SC Space Working Group Meeting and 2nd Annual Discipline Conference, 14-17 May 2018

14th NATO Bi-SC Space Working Group Meeting and 2nd Annual Discipline Conference, 14-17 May 2018 Kalkar, Germany. The fourteenth meeting of the NATO Bi-SC Space Working Group (NBiSCSWG) took place at the JAPCC in Kalkar, Germany 14-16 May 2018. Formally established on 21 September 2012, the NBiSCSWG is led by the Strategic Commands and tasked…

Optical Data Links for Aerial Applications – Promising Technology for Future RPA Operations

Optical Data Links for Aerial Applications Promising Technology for Future RPA Operations By Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Griethe, G2Aerospace GmbH, Munich By Dr.-Ing. Markus Knapek, Vialight Communications GmbH, Gilching Introduction Optical fibres move tens of terabits of data every second between cities and across oceans. But for the majority of Earth’s surface, where running fibre is impractical…

Managing Space Education and Training in NATO – The JAPCC’s new role as the Department Head for Space

Managing Space Education and Training in NATO The JAPCC’s New Role as the Department Head for Space By Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Console (ITA AF), JAPCC By Lieutenant Colonel Heiner Grest (DEU AF), JAPCC Introduction On 24 May 2016, the Assistant Director of the JAPCC, Air Commodore Madeleine Spit signed the Appointment Letter officially confirming the…

Looking Up Together – Multinational Space Surveillance and Tracking Initiatives from a NATO Perspective

Looking Up Together Multinational Space Surveillance and Tracking Initiatives from a NATO Perspective By Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Console, ITA AF, JAPCC Introduction Modern societies are increasingly reliant on space-based services. Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), satellite imagery, and long-distance communications to include media broadcasting as well as the World Wide Web are only few examples…

Laser-Based Space Debris Removal

Laser-Based Space Debris Removal An Approach for Protecting the Critical Infrastructure Space By Dr. rer. nat. Hans-Albert Eckel, DEU, Head Studies & Concepts, Institute of Technical Physics, German Aerospace Center (DLR) By Dr.-Ing. Dennis Göge, DEU, Executive Board Representative and Program Coordinator Defence and Security Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR) By Dr.-Ing. Dirk Zimper, DEU,…

The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier Or the Long Journey to a NATO Space Policy? By Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Neumann, DEU AF, German Space Situational Awareness Centre The Space domain is increasingly congested, contested and competitive and NATO is now, more than ever, dependent on Space. When discussing the Space domain, NATO is focusing on protecting access to Space…