Responsive Space Capabilities Steering Group

November 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – The space domain may be the defining backdrop for developments on the world stage in the coming years. That is why the Defense departments that deal with this have joined forces internationally in the Responsive Space Capabilities Steering Group (RSC). Here 11 countries join forces in the field of research, development, testing and experimentation.

The annual meeting took place last week at the Netherlands Aerospace Center. An important theme was the cooperation with civilian space partners. The RSC collaboration dates from 2014. Since then, various projects have been set up. From research into the military utility of microsatellites, military optical satellite communication to the use of space sensors by naval vessels.

The space domain is becoming increasingly important and complexity requires an international approach. Allies complement each other’s technologies within the RSC programs. The main goal is for the various armed forces to develop usable space capabilities. To stimulate this, the military space community wants to cooperate with the civil and industrial space sector. Many technologies are being developed in the Netherlands in the field of optical communication, sensor and instrument development and small satellites.

Halfway through the week, soldiers, researchers and the business community met in the Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam. The changes in the world a few centuries ago have many similarities with the current changes, concluded those present. From a visit to the Amsterdam replica replica, they ended up in the high-tech world of extremely accurate solar sensors and satellites that monitor the entire earth.

The Netherlands Space Office develops and implements the Dutch space program on behalf of the government. NSO director Harm van de Wetering told the more than 70 representatives from the military domain why the link with civil parties makes sense: “Space technology and satellite information offer a lot of added value to meet global challenges.”

There were soldiers and researchers from Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the United States and Sweden. They were introduced to Dutch space and satellite applications. These can be deployed or further developed for defense purposes.

For example useful for Defense: a private communication network, independent of who or whatever. It consists of small satellites, Cubesats. Jeroen Rotteveel from developer ISIS: “Cubesats lower the threshold to space. Small satellites are light, affordable, scalable and can be developed quickly. That fits well with the needs of Defense. “

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