- CERES (CapacitÉ De Renseignement Électromagnétique Spatiale)
The CERES (CapacitÉ de Renseignement Électromagnétique Spatiale) project is conducted by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) at the benefit of the armed forces, while the French space agency CNES assists DGA for project management.
The CERES program comprises three satellites flying in formation in low Earth orbit (LEO). Equipped with high-performance sensors, these satellites also offer all-weather, daily revisit frequency and are capable of collecting data enabling the characterization and location of transmitters.
Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for the space segment, comprising three satellites, and is co-prime with Thales Defence Mission Systems, in charge of the payload and user ground segment. CNES assists DGA for project management; it supplies and operates the satellite control ground segment.
In addition, Thales Alenia Space acts as a subcontractor to Airbus Defence and Space for the supply of the satellite platform.
- CERES will be the 47th to 49th French institutions satellites to be launched by Arianespace. There are currently six satellites in Arianespace’s backlog to be launched for French institutions.
- The CERES 1, 2 and 3 will be the 134th to 136th Airbus Defence and Space satellites to be launched by Arianespace. There are currently 16 Airbus Defence and Space satellites in Arianespace’s backlog.
- The CERES 1, 2 and 3 will be the 116th to 118th Earth observation satellites launched by Arianespace. Earth
observation missions represent 11% of the total number of satellites launched by Arianespace.
Twelfth launch by Arianespace in 2021, the Vega light launcher will lift off, for the third time this year, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on November 16, 2021. It will carry on board three CERES satellites for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. · Following the successful launch of SYRACUSE 4A on October 23, the CERES satellites from the Ministry of the Armed Forces will be launched on November 16, 2021. The CERES project is conducted by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) at the benefit of the armed forces, while the French space agency CNES assists DGA for project management. · This launch, VV20, will be the 20th mission carried out by the Vega light launcher. Since entering service with Arianespace in early 2012, Vega has amply proven its flexibility by orbiting a total of 108 satellites, in both single and multiple launches.
Update: 11:30 MEZ
Quelle: arianespace, CNES