On December 19, at 19:37:14 (Moscow time), the “Soyuz-ST-A” launch vehicle with the French satellite “CSO-1” was successfully launched from the launch site of the Guiana Space Center.
8 minutes and 49 seconds after the launch, the head unit as part of the “Fregat-M” upper stage and the “CSO-1” satellite successfully separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle.
After 1 hour and 44 seconds after the launch, the French satellite “CSO-1” separated from the upper stage block “Fregat-M”.
As a result of the launch campaign “Arianespace VS20”, the “CSO-1” satellite was launched into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 800 kilometers.
The Russian launch vehicles – the “Soyuz-ST-A” launch rocket (manufactured by “Progress” RSC) and the “Fregat-M” upper stage (manufactured by NPO “Lavochkin”) – completed the flight program without any claims.
The device is taken by the customer for control.
The equipment, installed on the “CSO-1”, will allow obtaining images of the earth’s surface with a resolution of up to 35 cm.