The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre moves from the UK to Spain as a result of Brexit

The decision highlights the high technological level of Spanish aerospace companies and national scientific bodies
12/28/2018

The European Union has chosen Madrid as the new location for the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC), a structure that will have to leave the United Kingdom as a result of Brexit and after a competitive tender involving four other countries. A committee of experts has largely supported the Spanish proposal after evaluating the fulfilment of technical criteria by each applicant.

The decision of Brussels highlights the high technological level of Spanish aerospace companies and national scientific bodies. The Spanish space sector is the fifth largest in Europe and our country is the seventh largest manufacturer of satellites in the world. In addition, it successfully participates in leading global projects such as the Rosetta Mission, the exploration of Mars and the Solar Orbiter mission.

The GSMC is a critical infrastructure operated by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) which monitors and acts in relation to security threats, alerts and the operational status of Galileo system components. Spain has proposed to host this centre at the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA), which is dependent on the Ministry of Defence, located in San Martín de la Vega, in Madrid.

This choice strengthens Spain's contribution to one of the EU's flagship programmes. This is a key opportunity that will provide strategic advantages, from advantageous positioning in the European satellite navigation system, support for Spanish industrial participation in contracts of high technological value and the development and consolidation of national knowledge and technology in the area of security.