Arianspace launches French military spy satellite on Soyuz rocket by 2020

Arianspace launched a new reconnaissance satellite for the French military on Tuesday (December 29), marking the final mission of the 2020 European launch provider.

The Russian-made Soyuz rocket launched the satellite, called Optical Space Component 2 (or Component Spatial Optic 2, CSO-2) in French, from the Guana Space Center in Kourou, South America, to French Guiana. Lifting occurred at 11:42 am EST (1642 GMT) after a day’s delay due to inclement weather.

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