Poland Joins Second Generation COSMO-SkyMed Program

Released on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
ASI - Italian Space Agency
A MAJOR MILESTONE FOR THE ITALIAN SPACE INDUSTRY. The Italian and Polish Ministries of Defence signed on 25 March an agreement in Warsaw ratifying the details of the participation of Poland in the Second Generation COSMO-SkyMed programme, as international defence partner.

The agreement was signed by the Head of the Armaments Inspectorate Slawomir Szczepaniak and by the Head of the 4th Department of Segredifesa Armament Programmes, General Enzo Vecciarelli, in the presence of the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, Czeslaw Mroczek, and the Italian Ambassador to Poland, Riccardo Guariglia.

The agreement represents an major milestone in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the parties in 2012. This formally starts the road map that will lead the Polish Ministry of Defence to operate independently a User Ground Segment (data programming and acquisition centre) of the Italian Earth Observation COSMO-SkyMed system. In particular, the agreement sets out the economic and financial details of Poland's participation in the programme and sets out the main milestones of the implementation of the User Ground Segment.

The COSMO-SkyMed satellite constellation is an Italian technological excellence and is recognized as one of the most innovative Earth observation programmes in the world. The COSMO-SkyMed system was developed by Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), which, as prime contractor for the programme, is responsible for the development and construction of the entire system, including the ground and space segments. Telespazio, a joint venture between Finmeccanica (67%) and Thales (33%), built the civil and military ground segment, and the logistics/integrated management segment. The two companies will be heavily involved in the implementation of the User Ground Segment for the Polish Defence.

The COSMO-SkyMed constellation, financed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Scientific Research (MIUR), is composed of four satellites equipped with radar sensors that can operate in all weather and visibility conditions and a very high revisit frequency. COSMO-SkyMed was conceived as a programme to meet civil (environment, civil protection, Oil&Gas) and defence objectives (surveillance).

The COSMO-SkyMed programme is continuing the development of two second-generation satellites with improved performance. Thales Alenia Space Italia is designing and developing the two new satellites and the upgrade to the entire system. Telespazio is responsible for the development of the ground segment and for operations.

The Agreement signed today is the first concrete step of the Italian and Polish military cooperation in the Space sector allowing Telespazio and Thales Alenia Space to strengthens and consolidates its presence in the country.

Source: COSMO-SkyMed second generation for polish ministry of defence

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