This Perspective sheds light on the historical dimensions of SATCOM for security purposes and the growing importance of this on a space policy level now and in the near future.

The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) requires the autonomous ability to gather and transmit information in order to support EU-decision making and actions, and as such Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications are extremely relevant. The developing European Space Programme, however, has for a long time focused mainly on the first two domains. In 2013, the Satellite Communication dimension was identified by the Council as a missing element that had not been yet a part of the developing European Space Programme. Latest developments in this field, initiated by the European Commission, the European Space Agency and the European Defence Agency, seem to finally pave the way to embed security related SATCOMs into the future European Space Programme.

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