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Prestigious Romanian leadership position at EU SATCEN

on 07 March 2019

— Romania represented by ROSA in the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking consortium

On Tuesday, 5 March 2019, the Romanian Ambassador Sorin Ducaru was elected Director of the European Union Satellite Centre (EU SATCEN). The vote took place in the SATCEN Board, placed under the political coordination of the European Union Council through the Political and Security Committee (PSC). The Romanian candidate had a majority of votes from the member states from the first election round.

The support of the member states for this leadership position of an EU agency is proof not only to the quality of the application, but also to the role and contribution that Romania has made in terms of the Common Foreign and Security Policy, as well as in terms of the Common Security and Defence Policy, in alignment with the EU Global Strategy and with the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Romania is also a beneficiary of the SATCEN products and services, supporting the ambitious development and modernisation of the agency, including also the SATCEN contributions to the Space Programme of the European Union. Starting with this year, Romania, through the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) is part of the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) consortium, a programme that offers necessary information to the SATCEN services.

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Romania, will soon contribute, along other 7 EU Member States,  within the EUSST Consortium, to provide data and operational support for SATCEN services

  • Since 2014, research institutes, universities and front line technology companies from Romania are participating in the design of the Space Situational Awareness Programme of the European Space Agency (ESA).
  • At the Cheia ground station a quasi-monostatic radar system is currently under development through the ESA programmes. It is aimed at detecting and tracking space and high altitude objects.
  • Through a collaboration between ROSA, the Institute of Space Science and the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy an optical monitoring network is being implemented, building on the national expertise on observing artificial satellites from the 60s.
  • The data is centralised at the Space Tracking Centre — soon to be operational at the ROSA Headquarters.

Background information

SATCEN is an intergovernmental agency of the EU with responsibilities in the area of supporting the Common Foreign and Security Policy activities, including for the civil or military EU missions and operations, through the analysis of geo-spatial information, corelated with other relevant sources of information. The operational coordination of SATCEN is done through the European External Action Service (EEAS), the High Representative Federica Mogherini also having the role of President of the SATCEN Board. The agency collaborates with the European Commission. In this role, it has responsibilities in terms of the security component of the Space Programme of the European Union.

Sources for material: MAE, ROSA

Image credit: NATO, EUSST