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An unprecedented space exercise at the CNES in Toulouse

(photo credit: DICOD / Space Command).

(B2) The first exercise organized by the brand new French space command has just taken place in Toulouse, on the premises of the national center for space studies (CNES), from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 March.

At the heart of the scenario: a crisis that gradually grows on a fictional continent in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean. Faced with the 'reds', the traditional identification of the enemy, the 'blues' of the Euro-Atlantic bloc - France and two allies (Americans and Germans) - come to the rescue.

Over the week, the simulator database - with no less than 10.000 space objects and 5 operational applications - made it possible to generate a whole series of space events (18 in all) allowing all types of incidents to be scanned . From shots against a satellite to the threat of falling debris (and their detection in the atmosphere), through attacks by jamming, or weather phenomena, nothing was missing, or almost.

About sixty people took part in the exercise, coming from all the operational units of the space command: the C3OS of Paris (or space operations command and control center), the CMOS of Creil (military center of satellite observation and the Lyon COSMOS (operational center for military surveillance of space objects).


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).