Helios 1A

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Low Earth Orbit Ariane Launch Area 2 Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana

The Helios program is Europe's military optical reconnaissance system consisting of both a space and a ground segment, which commenced service in 1995, jointly funded by the French, Italian and Spanish governments. The Helios I optical observation satellites, launched in July 1995 and December 1999 respectively, can acquire high resolution images of any point on the globe, with daily revisit capability.

Ariane 40

Family:
Configuration: 40

The Ariane 4 was an expendable space launch system, developed by the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, for the European Space Agency (ESA). It was manufactured by ArianeGroup and marketed by Arianespace. Since its first flight on 15 June 1988 until the final flight on 15 February 2003, it attained 113 successful launches out of 116 total launches.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    55.6 m
  • Diameter
    3.8 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    3.8 m
  • Launch Mass
    245 T
  • Thrust
    2720 kN
Family
  • Name
    Ariane 40
  • Family
  • Variant
    40
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Ariane 40
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    4600 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    2290 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Aérospatiale

Aérospatiale

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Founded: 1970 Successes: 0 Failures: 0 Pending: 0

Agency Type:

Aérospatiale was a French state-owned aerospace manufacturer that built both civilian and military aircraft, rockets and satellites. It was originally known as Société nationale industrielle aérospatiale (SNIAS). Its head office was in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The name was changed to Aérospatiale during 1970.

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