site.btaAerospace Monitoring Centre with Interior Ministry Can Be Bridge to European Space Agency Membership – Interior Minister
The Aerospace Monitoring Centre with the Interior Ministry can be a bridge to Bulgaria’s accession to the European Space Agency, caretaker Interior Minister Ivan Demerdzhiev said Friday, addressing an international forum on "Space in Support of Security and Defence" in Sofia.
The event is organized by the Centre for National Security and Defence Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, with the support of the Defence Ministry and in cooperation with the EURISY Association. The main focus of the workshop is to promote innovation in space activities and technological sovereignty in the security and defence sectors to ensure better exchange between the civilian and defence research and innovation communities.
The Minister noted that Bulgaria wants to resume space research, recalling its significant background in this respect.
Demerdzhiev said that the project for development of the Aerospace Monitoring Centre has undergone a metamorphosis and it has been decided that it can serve as a basis on which to develop civilian projects both in the field of innovation and science.
Once the information concerning the security sector is processed and separated, the rest of the data will be made available to civilian users, Minister Demerdzhiev said, adding that this information will be processed by the Ministry of e-Government, scientists from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and anyone who can contribute in the field of processing it.
“The Ministry has received 56 million euros in funding and I hope we will be able to build this centre and distribute its functions in such a way that we will receive the maximum quality information through modern means of its processing so that it is useful in many areas,” the Interior Minister said.
A BTA check of the public procurement register shows that the Interior Ministry published a tender on December 27, 2022, worth BGN 13,317,662 excluding VAT in connection with the upgrade of the Aerospace Monitoring Observation Centre.
The procurement is also to produce operational procedures for the exchange of spatial data on disaster scope in real time, while complying with interoperability standards.