European military planners are starting to embrace the concept of fielding a rapid-reaction launch system, both to provide a low-cost micro-satellite launch capability and as a potential counter to anti-satellite (ASAT) systems. France, the U.K. and Italy are among the countries said to be interested in such a system, which could help European states quickly address surveillance and communications needs for their troops. Those forces are expected to be increasingly involved in so-called ...

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