Cybersecurity as Enabler for Secure Satellite Communications and Resilient Applications
Up to €500k
In an increasingly digital world, security and privacy concerns are becoming a growing priority focus for institutions, consumers and businesses. Satellite communications’ dependence on digital technologies, together with the growing use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components, has led to the extension of the attack surface throughout satellites’ lifecycles.
In order to sustain competitive advantage over the coming decade, satellite communications need to adopt innovative security technologies and state-of-the-art, security-by-design processes.
Satellite communications offer a unique alternative to the transmission of data through the terrestrial internet, where it is increasingly vulnerable to potential malicious attacks. Used either as a primary communication means or as a backup to terrestrial networks, satcom can therefore enhance the security of sensitive data transmission and storage or provide backup connectivity in case of cyberattacks. This can benefit a wide range of sectors such as transportation, finance, business and government.
This new Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S) Call for Proposals aims to foster the development of innovative satellite communications technologies, products, systems and downstream applications which address these challenges.
Key focus areas
Cyber Secure Satellite Communications
The development of innovative security technologies, products and building blocks for future satellite communication systems, targeting topics such as:
Satellite Communications as Enabler for a Cyber-Resilient Society
The development of technologies, products, systems and downstream applications which address key enabling roles for satellite communications, such as:
ESA offer funding and technical support to companies for the development of technologies, solutions, products and downstream applications addressing the key areas outlined above. ESA support will be based on a co-funding scheme where the funding levels will take into consideration product maturity and the risks involved.
This call is open to Industries within the ESA Member States participating in the 4S Strategic Programme Line, namely: Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), Canada (CA), Czech Republic (CZ), Denmark (DK), Estonia (EE), Finland (FI), France (FR), Germany (DE), Greece (GR), Hungary (HU), Ireland (IE), Italy (IT), Luxembourg (LU), the Netherlands (NL), Norway (NO), Poland (PL), Portugal (PT), Romania (RO), Spain (ES), Switzerland (CH), and the United Kingdom (UK).
There are two steps involved in applying to this call: