New French military space posture sprang from inability to ID approaching Russian satellite

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The unwanted close-proximity approach of a Russian satellite to a French-Italian military broadband telecommunications satellite in geostationary orbit and ignited the new French military space policy was galling to France in two ways, the head of France’s arms-procurement agency said.

First was the fact that Russia maneuvered its Luch-Olymp satellite so close to the Athena-Fidus spacecraft at all; and second, the fact that the French military could not identify it right away.

Testifying before the French parliament’s . . .

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