6th PSSI Space Security Conference

The Global Space Competition:
Security, Markets and Sanctions

On June 19—21, 2022, the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) will convene in Prague its 6th PSSI Space Security Conference. This year’s gathering is entitled “The Global Space Competition: Security, Markets and Sanctions.” The central goal of the conference is to illuminate the connectivity among global space commerce, deterrence/security-related considerations, and proper space governance.

The conference will build on the previous conference entitled “Evolution of the Counterspace Threat and Strengthening of International Space Partnerships'', which was held in Prague on June 9—11, 2019, and which focused on the prominent role played by the state-controlled space companies of authoritarian space powers (notably China and Russia) and how they are deployed to recruit smaller countries aspiring to build space capabilities. This generally entails practices that ultimately lead to sole-source contracts and unhealthy levels of dependency.

To compound the problems associated with the approach to space sector partnerships described above, a number of Chinese and Russian space companies are often operating under official sanctions of the U.S., EU, and/or Japan for various forms of national security and human rights abuses. The imposition of sanctions on space companies raises a number of new, vexing questions with regard to the risk calculus associated with space-related cooperation or partnering arrangements. These have not, to date, been included in the multilateral deliberations on space behavioral norms and governance.

Conference Goals:

  • evaluate the latest developments regarding space deterrence and readiness to manage ever-more sophisticated counterspace scenarios, including those emanating from the economic and financial domain;
  • consider requirements for allied space domain awareness systems and policies to share information;
  • identify attributes of 21st century global space leadership;
  • elevate the importance and urgency of government-industry collaboration in strengthening innovation and market competitiveness of allied space companies;
  • discuss the role of commercial companies in strengthening the democratic space alliance;
  • assess the risks and threats of an uneven playing field presently favoring Chinese and Russian state-led companies in competition with their allied corporate counterparts in global space markets;
  • gauge the level of political interest of allied governments in pushing back against the non-market business practices of state-controlled space companies which are inconsistent with international trade rules and/or have been subject to allied-sanctioned corporate national security and human rights abuses; and
  • propose policy options to integrate sanctions-related considerations into existing deterrence/space security strategies and behavioral norms.

About Series

PSSI’s Space Security Conference series, launched in 2011, has become a leading high-level trilateral (i.e. Europe, U.S., and Japan) space security gathering. Five such international conferences have been convened to date, involving leading space policy-makers, senior military and civil government officials, industry leaders, and distinguished NGO and academia representatives, from Europe, the U.S., and Japan. Previous PSSI Space Security Conferences were held in Prague (in 2011, 2016, and 2019), Tokyo (in 2013), and Washington, DC (in 2017). The key partnering organizations have included the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office of National Space Policy, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), Japan’s Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center (CSICE), and the Secure World Foundation (SWF). More information about the past events is available here.

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Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director, European Space Policy Institute; Hiroshi Koyama, Fellow, Electronic Systems Group, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; and Tanja E. Zegers, Policy Officer, DG for Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME – DG GROW, European Commission at the 2019 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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Gen Michel Friedling, Commander, French Joint Space Command; Heidi Robinson, Director for Engagement, U.S. Department of Defense; Steve Eisenhart, Senior Vice President for Strategic and International Affairs, the Space Foundation; Cassandra Steer, Interim Executive Director, Women in International Security - Canada; and Lt Col Manfred Schwiebert, German Ministry of Defence at the 2019 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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David Elliman of the Bawd Foundation; Shuzo Takada, Director General of the National Space Policy Secretariat of the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office; and Toshihiko Kasahara, Deputy Director of the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center, at the 2019 conference Gala Dinner.

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Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations of the United States Space Force; and Roger W. Robinson Jr., Chairman and Co-Founder of PSSI at the 2019 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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Participants at the 2019 Space Conference.

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National Space Council’s Dr. Scott Pace and AGI’s Travis Langster during a panel discussion at the March 2017 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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General Robert C. Kehler addressing gala dinner guests at the 2016 PSSI Space Security Conference in Prague.

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Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation; Peter Marquez, then Vice President for Global Engagement of the Planetary Resources; and Travis Langster, Vice President for AGI’s Space Situational Awareness Business Unit during the panel discussion at the 2016 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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Lt.Gen. David J. Buck, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, at the 2016 PSSI Space Security Conference gala dinner.

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2011 PSSI Space Security Conference Speakers.

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PSSI’s Space Security Program Director Dr. Jana Robinson Director and Adm. Dennis Blair during the 2011 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESA, Oldrich Cerny, PSSI, and Jiri Schneider, then 1st Deputy Foreign Minister at the 2011 PSSI Space Security Conference.

Sponsorship Opportunities

PSSI’s Space Security Conference will be held on June 19—21, 2022 in Prague. We believe that industry participation in, and contribution to, this high-level gathering will provide an essential perspective to these proceedings. We would like to invite your company to be part of this world-class event and help move what we call E&F space — or the economic and financial dimensions of space — into mainstream space security decision-making.

The past conferences have been attended by some 200 senior-level civil and military government officials, industry representatives, as well as non-governmental experts. The event is planned to be held at the Czernin Palace (the seat of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs) under the auspices of the Czech Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Transport, and Defence.

Key sponsorship benefits

  • Relationship-building with high-level civil and military officials, experts, and leading representatives in the space sector
  • Advancing industry perspective of this critical security portfolio
  • Attendance at the opening reception on Sunday evening
  • Attendance at the conference private gala dinner on Monday
  • Placement of corporate logo on all conference materials/banners and acknowledgement from the podium at the outset of the event
  • Other benefits tailored to the level of sponsorship

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Dr. Jana Robinson, Managing Director


Sponsorship opportunities
and conference content:

Dr. Jana Robinson
Managing Director


Jakub Pražák
Space Security Project Assistant


Patrik Martinek
Space Security Project Coordinator