The NGSSN Project addresses the Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM) scenario which is characterised by a new SATCOM service-class fitting between COMSATCOM services, not offering guarantees for robustness and sufficient availability, and MILSATCOM services, which are both too expensive and too difficult to implement for conventional use in low or medium intensity crises.
A GOVSATCOM system is devised to serve European Public Safety sector, in a cost saving manner based on the activation of synergies among different stakeholders interested in this application scenario.
The GOVSATCOM services will be provided by a combination of SATCOM assets including existing governmental/national and commercial capacities as well as upcoming and new missions hosting GOVSATCOM capacities.
The GOVSATCOM timeframe perspective will cover an operational period reaching the year 2040 with an early implementation for service demonstration based on a precursor to be ready by year 2020.
The objective of the NGSSN Project is to perform a mission and system study activity which, starting from the consolidation of the user needs and mission requirements, aims at:
(i) Defining, analysing and trading-off alternative GOVSATCOM architectures for dual-use, security and defence services.
(ii) Designing a baseline GOVSATCOM system architecture (including an early implementation based on a precursor), by also specifying its component elements.
(iii) Identifying the necessary technologies, by highlighting the need of new developments where required.