New project plans to put Denmark on the map within military space technology
- DTU (Technical University of Denmark) and the Danish company Space Inventor are cooperating with the French defence and technology company Thales in Denmark to develop new technology which can monitor and identify military threats in space and on Earth
- The project is supported by the European Defence Fund
Space technology and satellites are not only important for monitoring climate change, for navigating ships and airplanes, and for communicating over long distances. They are essential to the security of Denmark and the EU.
A new project develops a technology that makes it possible to monitor and identify military threats in space and on Earth. The AI-driven technology will contribute to process the vast data streams stemming from satellites and land-based sensors and thereby create the basis for utilizing the space data and intelligence for military purposes.
The project, which goes under the name INTEGRAL and is a part of EU’s SSAEW SC2, Space Situational Awareness – Space Command and Control, is supported with funds from the European Defence Fund and is a cooperation between DTU (Technical University of Denmark), the Danish company Space Inventor and the French defence and technology company Thales in Denmark.
The Danish company Space Inventor is going to play a key role in the project by contributing to the development of the prototype for INTEGRAL and finding an algorithm that can trace the orbit of satellites.
With the awarded funds follow a significantly increased visibility on the international stage as well as access to knowledge and powerful networks.
“It is incredibly exciting for Space Inventor to be a part of such a big international project, and we are looking forward to showing the world what we are able to do within space and defence,” says Karl Kaas, CEO of Space Inventor ApS.
“Research and development of new space technology in cooperation with the Danish industry increase the focus on science, and create growth and jobs” says Professor Rasmus Larsen, Provost, Executive Vice President, CAO, M.Sc. (Eng) Ph.D. from DTU.
A unique cooperation with massive potential
The project is one of only 26 projects which have been approved by the EU Commission under the test programme European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) in 2020. Thales sees great potential in the Danish Defence industry looking towards Europe.
“It is a unique project because we unite science and industry on multiple levels. We are, in Thales, a part of the Danish ecosystem within defence and also an international company with deep knowledge about the European defence market. We would like to contribute with this knowledge so that Danish companies can unlock the great potential which the Danish defence industry holds” says Tommy Ayouty, CEO, Thales Danmark, VP Thales Group in the Nordics.
Several Danish companies are participating in EU projects such as project SAURON for SSA Sensors and the space & defence project SSA Early Warning which both have received funds from EDIDP 2020. Along with INTEGRAL, these projects can improve Denmark’s visibility within the defence and space sector and are expected to lay the foundation for further cooperation and to gather knowledge in connection with the surveillance of the Arctic in the future.
The INTEGRAL project runs until 2023 at which point the parties involved can seek funds to continue the work.
Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global high technology leader investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations — connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technology — to build a future we can all trust, which is vital to the development of our societies. The company provides solutions, services and products that help its customers —businesses, organisations and states — in the defence, aeronautics, space, transportation and digital identity and security markets to fulfil their critical missions, by placing humans at the heart of the decision-making process.
Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2020, the Group generated sales of €17 billion.