Military Intelligence will operate Czech National Satellite Centre

The Czech Republic Satellite Centre (SATCEN CR) will be officially opened on 1 July2018. The full organizational structure of SATCEN CR is to be established in January 2019. The final operational capability must be, in accordance with NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Capability Targets reached by 31 December 2019. Until December 2019, the main task is to make an active recruitment and training of specialists, technology acquisition and testing process. Staff of the SATCEN CR will consist of imagery analyst, experts on geospatial information, photogrammetry, geoinformatics and satellite technics. The Ministry of Defence will cover the costs of the SATCEN CR establishment.

To ensure the realization of the project there is an increase in the peace establishment (PE) of the existing IMINT experts of the Military Intelligence (VZ). The assumed number of staff as of 31 December 2019 will be 30 persons in particular in analytical positions and in admission positions, processing and exploitation, dissemination and integration of satellite data. They will also take part in some infrastructure projects and preparation of a financial project.

There are some tenders currently underway that are supposed to deliver key technologies, support technologies and the key infrastructure for the SATCEN CR.

Nowadays the new draft of the Government Resolution (an extension of Act no.153/1994 about Intelligence services in the Czech Republic) on a permit to share IMINT data and information outside of the existing authorized addressees is being prepared.

The main tasks of SATCEN CR will be to provide specific, detailed and accurate information about the location of interest objects and areas. Its outputs will support both the Czech Armed Forces and NATO, as well as the Joint Rescue Service and other state institutions. The current satellite imagery would facilitate the work of military personnel participating in foreign missions when SATCEN CR will provide them with important information (terrain, detection of enemy´s forces and resources, etc.).

The military intelligence service will mainly acquire satellite imagery from commonly available satellites. According to the required task, the imagery will be taken either from the SATCEN CR data archive or directly from the satellite that will be programmed accordingly. SATCEN CR will utilize satellites with very high ground, spectral and radiometric resolution. SATCEN CR will receive satellite imagery directly from the orbital satellites.

From a technological and informational point of view SATCEN CR is going to be one of the exceptional workplaces in Europe as well as worldwide.