March 8, 2021 marks the launch of the first space exercise in Europe: “AsterX 2021”. Led by the Space Command of the French Air Force and Space, this tactical and operational training exercise in military space operations will take place, until March 12, at National Center for Space Studies (CNES) in Toulouse.
The name "AsterX" was not chosen at random. It first refers to the first French satellite launched by a Diamant rocket. It is also a nod to the famous Gaul depicted in the French comics Asterix (Picture source: Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace)