New French military space doctrine: $800M in fresh funding for SSA, high-power space lasers, nanosat GEO sentinels; the NewSpace threat

by Peter B. de Selding


PARIS— The French Defense Ministry will invest 700 million euros ($785 million) between now and 2025 on improved space-surveillance capabilities, a fleet of nano satellites to act as space sentinels for France’s highest-value military space assets and high-power space-based lasers to offer a credible threat of temporarily disabling adversaries’ spacecraft, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said.

In addition, France will make more-frequent use of ArianeGroup’s GEOTracker network of ground-based radars to survey geostationary orbit and consider the use of space . . .

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