French Space Command: Europe must react to U.S., Chinese constellations’ land grab in low Earth orbit

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The head of France’s Space Command appeared to endorse the European Commission’s proposal for a mega-constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit to preserve spectrum and orbital-slot rights in the face of U.S. and Chinese advances.

Gen. Michel Friedling acknowledged that the business models of broadband constellations has yet to be proven. But given the strategic implications, he said, their ultimate profitability, while important, “is not the subject here. It’s sovereignty.”

“How Europe positions itself will be important . . .

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