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The French Space Command (French: Commandement de l'Espace, CdE) is a formation of the French Air and Space Force, which deals with space issues. It supersedes the Joint Space Command, which was created in 2010.
A formation of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the JSC is placed under the authority of the Chief of the Defence Staff (France). Within the Defense staff, it is under the supervision of the Deputy Chief of Operations.
- contributes to the national space policy, in coordination with the Directorate General of International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS);
- contributes to the operations in coordination with military operators: the Command of Air Defense and Air Operations (CDAOA), the Joint Directorate of Infrastructure Networks and Defense Information Systems (DIRISI) and the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DRM);
- is responsible for coordinating defining guidelines for the use of French space capabilities available to the Ministry of the Armed Forces;
- shapes the future by federating the expression of operational needs and participates in the development and the implementation of space capability acquisition strategies with the Directorate-General for Armament (DGA) using the French Space Agency: the National Center for Space Studies (CNES);
- deals with all European, international and multilateral military cooperation for matters regarding space;
- orients the space situational awareness efforts, while this spatial situation is produced by the CDAOA.
French space assets
France possesses all major kinds of military assets :
- Earth observation:
- Signal intelligence satellite;
- Satellite communication:
- Space situation awareness:
In relation with its German and Italian partners, France can access SAR imagery, respectively SAR-Lupe and COSMO-SkyMed.
The JSC was created in 2010. From that date, the JSC commanders are: