The French Ministry of the Armed Forces and ArianeGroup have signed a new contract for the provision of space surveillance services to protect against spy satellites and space debris.
The French Ministry of the Armed Forces and ArianeGroup have signed a new contract for the provision of space surveillance services, the company announced on Thursday. This contract, the amount of which has not been specified, extends a previous agreement dating from 558. It makes it possible to strengthen space surveillance over all medium, high and geostationary orbits.
“At a time when the number of satellites is increasing exponentially, an increased capacity for space surveillance is decisive to strengthen our strategic autonomy and to be able to respond to emerging threats quickly and effectively, in order to protect our space capacities like those of our European allies “, declared General Michel Friedling, Space Commander, in a press release.
Protecting space assets French
The company, a joint venture of the Airbus group and the engine manufacturer Safran, has a tool, “GEOTracker”, which combines telescopes present on all continents and a control center, in order to provide “permanent coverage to 360 ° of the entire geostationary arc”.
“From here 2025, GEOTracker will be the most gr and European private network of telescopes with more than 30 stations across the globe thus constituting a catalog of several thousand objects “, ArianeGroup indicates in a press release. This system provides positioning, orbitography and analysis data to protect the satellites. For military use, GEOTracker can detect, track and characterize space objects, whether or not they are active to protect French space assets.
France is one of the few countries in the world to have such a system, a sovereignty issue in the era of spy satellites and the proliferation of constellations of small craft.