France began the first military training exercises in space today. The Star Wars era has begun.
In cooperation with the US Space Force and the German Space Command, the French training exercises were developed in response to the changing global attitude towards space.
According to the French news agency AFP, the French space command was announced in 2019 via Phys.Org. Defense Minister Florence Parly told reporters at the time that France had to act because its “allies and opponents” were “militarizing” space.
Background: The creation of the US space force has increased tensions in the world – or rather, heightened tensions outside the world. But it is likely that alleged attempts by Russian agents to engage in satellite-versus-satellite espionage also played a large role.
As for the current training program, few details are known, but reports suggest that the exercises will aim to simulate a crisis situation using French satellites and ensure Space Command is ready to respond.
Although it is unclear, we assume that no French soldiers with space rifles will soar over the earth. That may make this a little disappointing for science fiction fans, but the reality is that humanity’s love of warfare is no longer confined to the rock from which we emerged.
We hope the rest of the universe is ready for us.