Helios 2 (satellite)

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The Helios 2 system includes Helios 2A and Helios 2B, both of which are European military observation satellites used by France, Belgium, Spain and Greece.[1] Helios 2A was launched on December 18, 2004 by an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana. Helios 2B was launched five years later on December 18, 2009, carried also by an Ariane 5. The two satellites are identical.[2] They carry a Thales-built high-resolution visible and thermal infrared instrument with 35 cm resolution,[3] and an Airbus-built medium-resolution instrument.[4]

See also


  1. ^ [1] Archived October 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2004-12-20.
  3. ^ [2] SpaceNews article on Helios II B
  4. ^ [3] CNES webpage on Helios II B

External links

  • Satellite Travels Into Orbit
  • France Launches Spy Satellite

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