ArianeGroup: New funding sources may unblock European space-surveillance program

by Peter B. de Selding

Takeaways from ArianeGroup President Alain Charmeau’s testimony to the French parliament:

— Space situational awareness (SSA) should be a priority in Europe.  Autonomous access to space requires an independent SSA capacity. 15% of objects tracked by ArianeGroup’s modest 6-telescope GeoTrack network aren’t listed in the U.S. Space Track catalogue.

— In 2017, GeoTrack followed a satellite believed to have signals-interception capability as it maneuvered along the GEO arc.

— SpaceX a startup? It’s bigger than ArianeGroup in head count, if you . . .

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