France has officially deployed an advanced satellite into the orbit, which will allow all of France’s military forces to communicate securely and quickly globally. In 2019 July, Paris created a space force command, citing worries that competitor countries were spending substantially on the space technology, which was regarded as the new military frontier. Colonel Stephane Spet, who works as a spokesperson for French air as well as the space force, informed AFP that the satellite is “built to resist military action from the ground and also in space, as well as interference.”
An Ariane 5 rocket launched the Syracuse 4A satellite from Kourou, French Guiana, as well as the mission took 38 minutes and 41 seconds to complete. The spacecraft has the ability to detect its local environment and navigate to evade an attack.
Syracuse 4A will offer high resistance to ultimate jamming means because of its state-of-the-art technology (transparent digital processor and anti-jamming antenna on board),” according to the mission description from launch provider Arianespace. The satellite was also safeguarded against the electro-magnetic pulses that would occur from a nuclear explosion, according to Marc Finaud, a weapons proliferation expert at Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
” This is the last caution scenario if deterrence fails,” he continued. France started its first military drills in space in March to evaluate its capacity to safeguard its satellites, describing the exercises as “a landmark for French army and also a first in the Europe region.” The French government accuses Russia of bringing its intelligence-gathering spacecraft Olymp-K, also referred to as Louch, into close contact with the French-Italian military spacecraft Athena-Fidus in the year 2017, in what Florence Parly, the defense minister, called “an act of espionage.”
According to Michel Friedling, head of France’s freshly formed Space Command, the drills were a “stress test of our systems” and “a first for French army and also a first in Europe.” The drills, codenamed “AsterX” in honor of the first French satellite, Asterix, which launched in 1965, will simulate the surveillance of a potentially hazardous space object as well as a satellite threat. Friedling told journalists from the Space Command head office in Toulouse, southwest France, that “a sequence of incidents appear and generate crisis circumstances or threats against the space infrastructure, but it’s not just that.”
Last year, the US claimed that Russia had conducted a non-catastrophic anti-satellite missile experiment from space. In March, the administration of President Emmanuel Macron stated that other such occurrences had occurred since then but provided no further specifics. France aims to invest $5 billion in the space program over the 2019-2025 budget year, which is a portion of what the US and China spend.