NATO has officially announced the establishment of a space center in Ramstein, Rhineland-Palatinate. The Space Center is to be affiliated with the alliance’s air force command there and primarily serve as a coordination point for space surveillance, as Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Thursday after a video conference of the Defense Ministers.
Threats to satellites
In future, information about possible threats against satellites could flow together in Ramstein. It is also conceivable that the Space Center will later be expanded into a command center for defense measures. The coordination of space activities will strengthen NATO, but it is only a first step, commented Stoltenberg. The German press agency reported on the project on Monday.
NATO’s plans are the result of the fundamental decision made last year to declare space an independent area of operations. The resolution enables NATO, for example, to request the Allies to provide capacities for satellite communication or image data transfers for operations. In addition, it has led to even more intensive discussions in the alliance about the case in which possible attacks from or in space should in future be treated as an alliance case.
German involvement not yet clarified
How the Bundeswehr will get involved in the space center project is still unclear. Federal Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer only affirmed on the sidelines of the deliberations that Germany stands by the future, despite the challenges posed by the corona pandemic, to provide ten percent of the capabilities within NATO.