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Astérix

Asterix

Astérix, also known as A-1, was the first French satellite. It served as a test payload for the Diamant rocket. With its launch, France became the first nation other than the two superpowers of the time, the US and USSR, to place its own satellite in orbit. Astérix's orbit is so high that the spacecraft won't fall back to Earth for several centuries.

 


launch date Nov. 26, 1965
launch vehicle Diamant
launch site Hammaguira
orbit 527 × 1,697 km × 34.3°
mass 42 kg