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CERISE
CERISE: The Mission

CERISE: The Mission

No longer operational, Cerise was a French military reconnaissance satellite. Its main purpose was to intercept HF radio signals for French intelligence services.  Cerise was launched by an Ariane rocket from Kourou in French Guiana at 17:23 UT, 7 July 1995.

It was hit by a catalogued space debris object from an Ariane rocket in 1996, making it the first verified case of a collision between two objects in space.  The collision tore off a 4.2-metre (13-foot) portion of Cerise's gravity-gradient stabilisation boom, which left the satellite severely damaged, and its performance was severely compromised.

Satellite Data

Name:
CERISE

Customer:
Thales Alenia for DGA, France

Mission:
Military Communications

Mass:
50kg

Platform:
SSTL-42

Launch Data

Launch Date:

Launch Site:
Kourou, French Guyana

Launcher:
ARIANE-4

Orbit:

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