British satellites are being put in danger by near-misses with those operated by the likes of Russia and China, a senior defence official has warned.
Air Vice Marshall Simon Rochelle said "the fight is on" to increase the presence of UK military satellites in space, as it has become a "contested environment" between a number of rival nations.
Speaking at the Defence and Security International Fair at the ExCel Centre in London, as reported by the i newspaper, the senior RAF officer suggested that Britain needed to build "defensive capabilities" into its satellites.
"There are on-orbit proximity issues daily now, so when you launch your satellite you have to consider what defensive capability you are putting up," he told the conference.
"The fight is on. It is a contested environment and we have to speed up our response to it."
Ive been to EXCEL, its where I presented on the Steel Beasts stand.