The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance, plans to build a headquarters for space operations at its airbase in Ramstein in Germany, to counter a rising Russian and Chinese threat.
The new centre is to be a central point of contact to support NATO missions with communication and satellite images. It will also be a place to exchange information on potential threats to satellites. Some 2,000 satellites orbit the Earth, more than half of which are operated by NATO members, allowing everything from mobile phone services to weather forecasts. Currently, at least 40 per cent of NATO’s communications are via satellite.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- NATO Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium.
- NATO Chairman of the NATO Military Committee: Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach.
- Member countries of NATO: 30; Founded: 4 April 1949.