“With more than 1000 small satellites launching as part of constellations every year, each collecting and transmitting valuable data, cybersecurity can no longer be ignored,” Cysec said. “Indeed, one can imagine a scenario in which an attacker manages to upload and execute malicious software on board, thus taking complete control of the satellite. Hacking an in-orbit satellite presents a new threat to satellite operators and manufacturers, as historically space engineers have prioritized building reliable systems often at the expense of security.”
This is the second part of an op-end article reflecting the EuroDefense network ongoing work from several national chapters with the objective to recommend a common ambitious high-level vision for European advancement in the Space Domain as it proves critical to Europe’s prosperity, security and defence. Europe should build a space strategic culture that accentuates its strengths, minimizes its weaknesses and articulates and justifies its goals to the world and to itself.