Special Envoy to Saint-Médard-en-Jalles
The two "stations" go unnoticed, hidden in small wooden cabins on a human scale and with removable roofs. The first allows detection, tracking. It consists of a telescope capable of seeing "from Paris a petanque ball in Tokyo". It can track a satellite as it passes through the sky. The other is equipped with six optical and infrared cameras, active day and night, which scan a wide field of view at 120 degrees to detect new objects or abnormal behavior.
At its site in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, near Bordeaux, ArianeGroup is presenting one of the parts of its Helix optical space surveillance network. This will improve and succeed the previous system, GeoTracker. The army, along with Space Command (CDE), is its main customer. Then come private operators anxious to be able to monitor the satellites they send into geostationary orbit (which always fly over...
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