Arianespace to launch Sentinel-1A observation satellite

08:41, December 17, 2010      

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The Arianespace launching center will lift off Sentinel-1A satellite, an observation satellite of the European global monitoring program in December 2012, it said Thursday in a statement.

The France-based world's leading launch service provider signed a launch contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). The satellite is part of the European Global Monitoring for Environment and Security Program.

Sentinel-1A is an earth observation satellite with a C-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) type sensor and will be placed in sun-synchronous circular orbit at an altitude of approximately 690 kilometers to carry out potential environmental management mission.

Being developed and to be integrated by Thales Alenia Space Italy, the satellite is designed to weigh approximately 2,300 kilograms at launch by a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.

Till Dec. 15, 2010, Arianespace had launched with Ariane launchers a total of 287 payloads. Within this year, it has signed 11 launch contracts for geostationary satellites, and seven contracts for Soyuz missions.

Source: Xinhua
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