The ASTRO+ project is part of the European Commission’s Preparatory Action for Security Research (PASR) initiative which brings together 22 partners drawn from public authorities, industry, universities, institutions and think-tanks from nine European countries. Co-ordinated by EADS Astrium, ASTRO+ is designed to demonstrate how space technologies and capabilities can enhance the security of Europe's citizens. A security situation simulated in Poland in February 2006 demonstrated how ASTRO+ can support the requirements of operations on the ground by facilitating access to data from satellites, using high-performance equipment, and ensuring co-ordination between players to improve the overall efficiency of the crisis management system. EADS Astrium has extensive expertise in technologies which are vital to ensure that the security systems planned at a European level are fully effective. The company has developed complete, end-to-end solutions for satellite-based telecommunications, observation and navigation.
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