Brussels Space Policy Round Table - 2011 Space Security Index Launch in Europe

When: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Where: Avenue des Arts 8, 1210 Brussels (building of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Secure World Foundation, and the Mission of Canada to the European Union, are partnering to organize the 2011 Space Security Index Launch in Europe as the part of SWF's Brussels Space Policy Round Table series of short panel discussions focused on significant global space events with a particular emphasis on Europe. The schedule of these events is driven by the important occurrences in the space sector. This event will focus on an overview of the SSI, which examines major space security events of the preceding year, and a discussion on various issues that may affect space security over the coming year.

The Space Security Index (SSI) is an annual report on trends and developments related to security and outer space, covering the period January to December of the previous year (see recent editions). The goal of the SSI is to improve transparency with respect to space activities and provide a common, comprehensive knowledge base to support the development of national and international policies that contribute to space security. The trends and developments are assessed according to nine indicators that are organized under three themes:

I.The condition of the operating environment

  • The space environment
  • Space situational awareness
  • Space laws, policies, and doctrines

II. The type of actors in space and how space is used

  • Civil space programs and global utilities
  • Commercial space
  • Space support for terrestrial military operations

III. The status of space-related technology as it pertains to protecting or interfering with space systems, or harming Earth from space

  • Space systems protection
  • Space systems negation
  • Space-based strike capabilities

Each of the nine indicators is examined in a separate chapter that provides a description of the indicator and its overall impact on space security. A discussion of the prevailing trends associated with that indicator is followed by an overview of key developments throughout the year, and an assessment of their short-term effects on established trends and the broader security of outer space.

The report is managed and published by Project Ploughsares with support and funding from Secure World Foundation, The Simons Foundation, the International Security Research and Outreach Programme at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and the Erin J.C. Arsenault Trust at McGill University.

This event will include an overview of the SSI, which examines major space security events of the preceding year, and a discussion on various issues that may affect space security over the coming year.

Speakers Include:

Welcome: David Plunkett, Ambassador of Canada to the European Union
Cesar Jaramillo, Manager of the Space Security Index, Project Ploughshares
Charlotte Mathieu, European Union Relations Office, European Space Agency
Pierre-Louis Lempereur, CODUN SPACE Chair, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Directorate, European External Action Service
Aarti Holla-Maini, Secretary General, European Satellite Operators Association

Christine Leurquin, Vice President, Institutional Relations, SES
Moderator: Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, European Program Manager, Secure World Foundation

Read the bios of the speakers here.

Please, find below the presentations from the event:

Cesar Jaramillo, "The Space Security Index".
Charlotte Mathieu, "ESA's contribution to Space and Security in Europe".
Aarti Holla-Maini, "Satellite Operators & Space Security".
Christine Leurquin, "Introduction to the Space Data Association".


Read the event press release here.

Last updated on December 10, 2017