Monitoring satellites or observing space debris – these are just some of the tasks of the new space command.
Uedem (dpa) – Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) launched a space command of the Bundeswehr on Tuesday. It must protect and monitor satellites, observe dangerous space debris and analyze activities of other states as part of military reconnaissance.
The incident command works at the location of the Center for Air Operations (ZLO) in Uedem, North Rhine-Westphalia, where the minister visited with journalists on Tuesday.
Germany is in many ways dependent on the use of space. “Many communication applications, digital payment transactions as well as positioning and navigation for private and commercial use would be unimaginable without the use of space,” the Bundeswehr stated last year. The space systems are part of the vital infrastructure that especially the state wants to protect.