RE: French Say 'Non' to U.S. Disclosure of Secret Satellites

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Fri Jun 08 2007 - 16:26:56 EDT

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    Art Glick posted:
    > This seemed quite on topic (and interesting) to me, so I 
    > thought I would share it...
    "BROYE-LES-PESMES, France - A French space-surveillance radar has detected 20-30
    satellites in low Earth orbit that do not figure in the U.S. Defense
    Department's published catalogue, a discovery that French officials say they
    will use to pressure U.S. authorities to stop publishing the whereabouts of
    French reconnaissance and military communications satellites."
    "Right now we do not have enough cards in our hand to begin negotiations," Blin
    said here at the Graves radar transmitter site June 7. "We need more time to be
    sure of what we are seeing. At that point we can tell our American friends, 'We
    have seen some things that you might wish to keep out of the public domain. We
    will agree to do this if you agree to stop publishing the location of our
    sensitive satellites."
    End excerpts.
    Looks like those of us hobbyists who track similar objects may soon be adding
    some French satellites to the 130 or so U.S. and Japanese objects that we track.
    Ted Molczan
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