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NSPA reaches new milestone in the space domain with Luxembourg’s MGS programme

Source: NATO Support nad Procurement Agency (NSPA)

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has reached a new milestone in the Space domain after the Luxembourg Parliament approved the law for the Medium Earth Orbit Global Services (MGS) programme.

The system, commercially contracted through the NSPA’s Global Commercially Contracted Satellite Communications Support Partnership (GCC SATCOM SP), will leverage SES’s O3b mPOWER satellite technology. The MGS programme will provide critical resilient satcom capabilities for Luxembourg, its partners and NATO for defence, security and disaster recovery.

The GCC SATCOM Support Partnertship was initially established in October 2022 between Luxembourg and the United States, opening a new era of Space cooperation within NATO.




The GCC SATCOM SP enables Participating Nations to jointly manage, through NSPA, a full range of satellite communications services, generating synergies and economies of scale not achievable solely through national contracting processes. The GCC SATCOM SP also provides a framework for additional Allies to participate in the future, thus reducing costs and contributing to the NATO’s strength and resilience.

A Support Partnership (SP), a distinctive feature of NSPA, is a multinational framework established on the initiative of two or more NATO nations wishing to organize common acquisition, support and service activities. The proven mechanism generates economies of scale, commonality, interoperability and opportunities for technological innovation.

 

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