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
In the article on Persistent Surveillance, I described the options for keeping a constant, 24/7 watch on a location though the use of high-altitude satellites. Those options are all expensive and technically risky. However, as hinted at in the article, there is a more straightforward way to achieve same goal, or at least to come… Continue reading Smallsat constellations
German media recently reported the country will procure a new high-resolution optical satellite. According to the press, this satellite will be operated by the BND, Germany's foreign intelligence service. Such a purchase breaks from the German tradition of operating only radar satellites, under the control of the military, and thus marks an unexpected shift in… Continue reading A new German space policy?