Hearing of the French Joint Commander for Space

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.

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A database of observation satellites

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.

Pleiades NEO, the Airbus Very High Resolution constellation

Airbus will launch two pairs of optical satellites, one in 2020 and one in 2021, to form a constellation with two orbital planes enabling two revisits per day. The satellites will have a 30cm resolution, a 14km swath, and orbit at 620km altitude. They will leverage the EDRS data relay satellites for ultra-fast tasking and… Continue reading Pleiades NEO, the Airbus Very High Resolution constellation