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The European Defense Agency signs a space agreement

Jean-jacques Dordain (ESA) and Claude-France Arnould (EDA) initialing the agreement (credit: European Defense Agency)

(BRUSSELS2) The European Defense Agency (EDA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) took advantage of the Paris Air Show (France) to initial an “administrative arrangement” setting out the terms of cooperation between the two agencies.

This involves, in particular, being able to identify capacity deficits that may exist in space equipment, seeing what capabilities could be shared and supported by the two agencies, coordinating research and demonstration activities... The first example of this cooperation will be manifested by a joint demonstration project on the satellite command and control (C2) device for space drones. Other projects could follow, notably in the areas of reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence (ISR), civil-military synergies in Earth observation, satellite communications, space environment monitoring (SSA), etc.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).