French CNES launcher chief: Worries about SpaceX Falcon Heavy debris are overwrought

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — The director of launchers of the French space agency, CNES, on March 11 entered the European debate about the inaugural flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, apparently in an effort to dispel public misconceptions.

Jean-Marc Astorg, who has a reputation as someone who does not seek the limelight, issued an unusual video on Twitter that basically defended SpaceX’s launch of a roadster into a heliocentric orbit. Concerns about space debris around the Sun, he said, are hyperventilated.

“Around the Sun there . . .

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