The Multinational Space based Imaging System
In May 2011, the Programme Decision for MUltinational Space based Imaging System - Federating Activities was signed by France and Italy. That Programme Decision set out the detailed arrangements for the management by OCCAR of the Preliminary Definition Phase ("Phase B'') of the MUSIS Federating Activities Programme. The scope of that Programme Decision consisted of the preliminary definition of a "Common Interoperability Layer" (CIL) to be developed to federate the MUSIS space components CSO (Composante Spatiale Optique) and CSG (COSMO Second Generation). It consisted of two consecutive sets of activities called MUSIS Phase B1 and MUSIS Phase B2.
The Phase B2 work was completed in late 2015, closing the Federating Activities. After some consideration Participating States issued an instruction to the OCCAR-EA Director, in the letter jointly signed on the 3rd of May 2018 by the French and Italian Heads of the MUSIS Programme Board, that OCCAR is entrusted with the management of the next Stage of the MUSIS Programme. This next Stage shall consider the Development, Production and optional ISS Phases in a dedicated Administrative Arrangement between the Ministry of Defence of the French Republic and the Ministry of Defence of the Italian Republic. It is anticipated that the administrative and contract arrangements will be in place during 2019.
Bonn, 17th October 2014 – In the frame of the space programme MUSIS FA (MUltinational Space-based Imaging System Federating Activities), OCCAR-EA has awarded a 10-month Phase B-2 contract to a consortium of Thales Alenia Space Italia and Airbus Defence & Space.