Beijing uses European technology to advance New Space know-how
With Western firms facing a contracting New Space market, China is beefing up its GEOINT capacity. [...]
The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has carved a place for itself internationally as an alternative to Boeing thanks to the success of the A330, the A350 and the A380. The company is a merger of French, German and Spanish aircraft makers. As well as its civil activity it has military projects such as Eurofighter Typhoon, in partnership with BAE Systems, the A400M transport aircraft and also combat and transport helicopters. The company also has space programmes.
A report recently submitted to the French government on the sovereignty of geographical data stresses the role that the French geographical institute IGN can play in helping the French intelligence services, as it aims to become their leading GEOINT partner. [...]