French officials describe plans to detect, track and deter ‘intruders’ in geostationary orbit

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — French defense and industry officials outlined progress on using ground- and space-based systems to detect and repel satellites that come too close to France’s military space assets or otherwise act in ways France deems more like espionage than simple observation.

The more-aggressive policy followed repeated visits to French military satellites of Russian spacecraft, including Luch-Olymp, that resulted in France adding 700 million euros ($785 million) to its Military Program Law for 2021 to 2025: . . .

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