Sept 28, 2017: Leonardo has been chosen by the European Space Agency (ESA) to conduct a study into the management of data security for the Galileo European navigation satellite programme. Leonardo will develop a benchmark architecture and define requirements and processes for managing the programme's information security, in accordance with latest European cyber regulations.
Leonardo aims to support the ESA by defining a security monitoring system for Galileo, taking into account new mission requirements and innovative security standards and procedures relevant to the European satellite network.
"The cyber security of Space infrastructure is more critical than ever before. New technologies must be developed – including via international collaborations – to protect satellite-based assets, which have become a crucial part of the daily lives of citizens and play key roles in critical national infrastructure, from communications to transportation and defence. Protecting them against cyber threats has become essential", said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo. "Therefore, we are proud of this collaboration with the ESA that will enable us to enhance our cyber security expertise in the cutting-edge Space sector".
Galileo is a global navigation and localisation satellite system that will provide Europe with an autonomous and highly accurate positioning service. The programme is managed by the European Commission, which has delegated the technical development and deployment of infrastructure to the ESA. Galileo will offer reliable and accurate services for citizens, transport, telecommunications, security, emergency management, search and rescue, companies, banks and utilities. Leonardo has been a key industrial partner throughout the life of the Galileo programme, providing operational and logistical management from Telespazio, through Spaceopal, focusing on the development of new services, especially for government customers and operators with special security requirements, who will use the Galileo PRS signal. Leonardo also provides the attitude sensors which control the position of the satellites and the hydrogen atomic clocks that accurately mark the time, as well as a receiver for PRS services.
Leonardo also works with ESA on several other space missions including Copernicus, MetOp Second Generation, Meteosat Third Generation, Rosetta, BepiColombo, Venus Express, ExoMars, JUICE, Cassini, New Horizons, Euclid and LISA Pathfinder.