Caught this the other day: turns out Spain is planning to employ satellite surveillance technology to help control it’s borders.

The observation system will have both civil and military use, and will serve mainly to help in controlling Spanish frontiers against illegal immigration, and provide intelligence services with surveillance information on terrorist activity.

Sources at the Defence Ministry were quoted as saying that it will allow immigrant boats en route for Spanish shores to be located, and will also be key in detecting any risk from environmental catastrophes and forest fire. It will be additionally used in planning military operations and manoeuvres.