WorldFaced with space threats, Brussels wants to beef up European defense

Faced with space threats, Brussels wants to beef up European defense


On Wednesday 16 February, the Commission presented several options for implementing the EU’s new space and defense strategy.

Correspondent in Brussels

Can Europeans form a common front against threats from space? This is the Commission’s wish. Thierry Breton presented several avenues on Wednesday, outlining what the EU’s new strategy for space and defense could be. Issues related to this area “increasingly congested and increasingly contested” are huge. According to Brussels, only 4,500 of the 11,800 satellites currently in orbit are still operational. Within ten years, 20,000 others will be launched.

And nearly 130 million pieces of debris are already in orbit around the earth. Added to this are the maneuvers in which the great powers engage. In 2017, a Russian satellite approached the Franco-Italian Athena-Fidus, to try to listen to it.

Integrate a secure channel

To counter these threats, Brussels wants to add a “defense” dimension to all of Europe’s space infrastructures. Thierry Breton thus proposes to integrate a secure channel intended…

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