CSG-1, CHEOPS, & others
CSG-1, CHEOPS, & others
Type: Dedicated Rideshare
The COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellite (CSG-1) is an Earth observation spacecraft featuring state-of-the-art technologies and engineering solutions, further bolstering Italian leadership in this sector. It’s one out of two satellites to replace the first generation COSMO-SkyMed system.
This second-generation system, including its ground segment, will set a new performance standard for space-based radar observation systems in terms of precision, image quality and the flexibility of user services. It is a dual (civil/military) system, designed to address the requirements of both commercial and government customers, as well as the scientific community. The COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellites are equipped with synthetic aperture radar (SAR), capable of observations under any weather or light conditions, day or night.
The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is an ESA mission implemented in partnership â€“ in particular with Switzerland.
CHEOPS is the first mission dedicated to studying bright, nearby stars that already are known to host exoplanets in order to make high-precision observations of the planet’s size as it passes in front of its host star. The spacecraft will focus on planets in the super-Earth to Neptune size range, with its data enabling the bulk density of the planets to be derived â€“ a first characterization step towards understanding these alien worlds.
Flight also includes 3 auxiliary payloads: OPS-SAT, EyeSat, ANGELS.
OPS-SAT is the worldâ€™s first free-for-use, in-orbit test bed for new software, applications and techniques in satellite control. It enables new software to be tested in orbit. In the first year of operation, OPS-SAT will host over 100 in-flight experiments submitted from many ESA Member States.
EyeSat is a 3U CubeSat designed to study the zodiacal light and image the Milky Way. It’s fitted with an instrument called IRIS, which is a small space telescope.
ANGELS is a 12U CubeSat, and is the French industryâ€™s first nanosatellite. The satellite will be fitted with a miniaturized ARGOS NÃ©o instrument, which is 10-times smaller than the equivalent previous-generation device. The instrument collects and determines the position of low-power signals and messages sent by the 20,000 ARGOS beacons now in service worldwide.
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Soyuz Launch Complex
Kourou, French Guiana
317 rockets have launched from Kourou, French Guiana.
Soyuz STB Fregat – Progress Rocket Space Center
- Family: Soyuz
- Length: 46.3 m
- Diameter: 2.95 m
- Launch Mass: 312 T
- Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 8200 kg
The Soyuz STB Fregat was manufactured by Progress Rocket Space Center with the first launch on 2011-10-21. Soyuz STB Fregat has 13 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 14 launches. The 2.1b version adds an upgraded engine (RD-0124) with improved performance to the second stage. First launch took place from Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43 on 26 July 2008 with a classified military payload.
The 2.1b/ST version is sometimes called Soyuz ST-B.
Arianespace – ASA
- Type: Commercial
- Abbreviation: ASA
- Administration: CEO: Stéphane Israël
- Founded: 1980
- Launchers: Ariane | Vega
- Country: FRA
Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world’s first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.