On July 31st, China added a new member to its Gaofen Earth Observation constellation: Gaofen-11 (GF-11) was launched atop a CZ-4B rocket. While the early Gaofen satellites were openly described by their designers, this one is a bit more obscure. It was not in the list of planned Gaofen satellites, and the launch caught observers… Continue reading GF-11: How do you say KENNEN in Chinese?
France's top launch vehicle official talks about future developments for reusable rockets
Another month, another CNES café, this time on Ariane 6 and future launchers.
Following the previous CNES café about French military space, the French space agency has organized this month a Q&A about Copernicus, the European Earth observation program. The first speaker was Véronique Mariette, from the innovation & science directorate of CNES, Earth environment climate division. She is in charge of relations with the European Space Agency… Continue reading Everything you wanted to know about Copernicus
A summary of a talk by two top French military space officials.
Faced with ever more pressing threats, how can satellites be defended?
The reliance of the US on space reconnaissance pushed China and Russia towards a counterspace strategy. What means can they use to disable satellites?
The French parliament recently had a hearing of the French Joint Commander for Space, and since I found it interesting, here is a quick summary as well as an English translation.
China is launching mysterious trios of spy satellites. What are they doing once in orbit?
A database of digital high to medium resolution (GSD<50m) Earth observation satellites, government or commercial (excluding universities). LEO ELINT satellites, and film systems launched since 2000, are also included.