French parliamentary committee: Space situational awareness should be top French space-defense priority

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The French parliament’s Defense Committee has called for investment in space situational awareness (SSA) as France’s number-one military space priority, concluding that space defense begins with knowing what potential adversaries are doing. 

The committee refrained from recommending elaborate new capabilities that would be rejected as overly expensive. A new SSA capability would build on what France already operates with its ground-based Graves radar, which makes regular sweeps of low Earth orbit.

“The number one priority is space surveillance,” said Olivier Becht, co-author of . . .

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