Fr Helios 2A

From: paul (astro@pgog.net)
Date: Sun Dec 19 2004 - 02:17:09 EST

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    was info re this posted, maybe I missed it?
    what's the elset?
    
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=343207
    PARIS Dec 18, 2004  A European rocket roared into space from a pad in South America on Saturday, placing into orbit a surveillance satellite billed as giving France's military new abilities to spy worldwide. 
    The unmanned craft lifted off smoothly from a launch center in Kourou, French Guiana, at 1:36 p.m. the third and last launch of an Ariane-5 rocket this year, Arianespace said. 
    The satellite and six smaller scientific ones were placed into orbit about an hour after liftoff. It was the first time in 11 years that an Ariane rocket carried as many as seven satellites on a single launch. 
    The Helios 2A military satellite, the rocket's main cargo, is to rotate in sun-synchronous orbit around 435 miles above the Earth, Arianespace said.
    
    2004 Dec 19 07:16 UT 
    04354.303 Norad 
    @ 345.11 .beats 
    
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