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  • 14 March, 2021

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AsterX – France’s First Military Exer-cise in Space

French Space Command launched its first military space exercise called AsterX.

AsterX:

  • The exercise has been named AsterX in reference to the first French satellite, which was put into orbit in 1965.
  • During the exercise, the French Military aims to monitor a potentially dangerous space object.
  • It will also analyze threats to its own satellite from another foreign power possessing a considerable space force.
  • The new US Space Force and German space agencies are also taking part in this exercise along with France.
  • These space military exercises are also the first-ever attempt not only for France but also for Europe.
  • In 2017, Russian spy-satellite “Olymp-K” tried to intercept the transmissions from a Franco-Italian satellite “Athena-Fidus”.
  • This satellite was in use by both Italian and French armies for secure communications.

Source: TH


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