22 September 2022


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  • RHEA Group awarded contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to lead a study addressing use cases for Rapid and Resilient Crisis Response needs.
  • The study will include the design of a federated system for rapid and resilient response, including a roadmap for short-term and long-term development timelines.


RHEA Group announces the signing of a contract with ESA’s Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (D/TIA) for a specific study related to the ESA Accelerator for ‘Rapid Resilient Response to Crises (R3)’.

The R3 Study acts as an enabler for identifying the main use cases and requirements that a future integrated system will encompass in order to ensure efficient prevention and management of societal, environmental and industrial crises. It will combine multiple sources of data, both space and ground-based, and turn it into relevant and accurate information available to the crises intervention teams and stakeholders.

In this R3 Study, RHEA, together with its partners, is intentionally focusing on real-life cases that are critical from the perspective of the end-users, who need timely information to adequately intervene in case of a crisis. Environmental, humanitarian, industrial and chemical ‘Seveso’ crises are therefore the focus. RHEA’s partners are Euroconsult, the Bavarian Red Cross, Centre Spatial de Liège, Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE), VOCsens, Hellas Sat and Solvay.

Pascal Rogiest, Chief Strategy Officer at RHEA Group, said, “As a trusted organization, societal matters are of prime importance to RHEA. Together with our partners, we want to provide the most efficient information services to organizations and companies who are in charge of our security and safety in case of crises. Associating space and ground assets gives the best possible combination. We trust that the outcomes of this R3 Study will enable future deployment of dedicated crisis management systems, such as the Civil Security from Space programme, in which we, together with our partners, aspire to play a key user-oriented role.”

Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA, added, “In a world where climate-related disasters are more frequent and more intense, where potential cybersecurity and technical failures put the stability of our societies at jeopardy, the ESA Accelerator for ‘Rapid Resilient Response to Crises’ (R3) is of the utmost importance. The study from RHEA Group and its partners will play a very helpful role in the development of future programmes dedicated to crisis management. No system can be fully successful without a deep understanding of its applications and its end-users’ requirements. This is why this study will help ensure we maximize the impact of space on Earth, for all crisis response organizations and institutions, and for all citizens.”

Press contact RHEA Group: Isabelle Roels

Main image: © ESA