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DGA


French agency overseeing development of spacecraft. Delegation Generale de l'Armament, France.

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Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • MicroSat-100 British microsatellite bus. 9 launches, 1995.07.07 (CERISE) to 2009.07.29. Enlarged version of the basic Surrey Microsat bus. More...
  • Helios 1A-1B French military surveillance satellite. 2 launches, 1995.07.07 (Helios 1A) to 1999.12.03 (Helios 1B). Helios 1A an 1B were advanced French military surveillance satellites which were widely believed to have 1 meter resolution capability. More...
  • Helios 2 French military surveillance satellite. One launch, 2004.12.18. French military surveillance satellite series which began service in 2004. More...
  • Myriade Micro-satellite product line developed jointly by EADS Astrium and the French Space Agency CNES beginning in 1998. Operational, first launch 2004.12.18. More...

See also
  • Agency Agencies or institutions overseeing design, development, construction, or operation of space-related systems. More...

DGA Chronology


1988 November 22 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Vehicle: Hades.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1989 March 8 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Vehicle: Hades.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1990 January 15 - . 19:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS2 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 92 km (57 mi).

1990 January 18 - . 20:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS5 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1990 January 22 - . 19:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS6 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1990 February 1 - . 19:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS8 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi).

1990 February 5 - . 19:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS10 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 96 km (59 mi).

1990 February 8 - . 20:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS12 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1990 February 20 - . 03:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS14 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1990 February 20 - . 05:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS16 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1990 February 20 - . 06:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS19 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1990 February 22 - . 19:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS22 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1990 March 1 - . 20:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS24 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1990 March 6 - . 05:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS26 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

1990 March 6 - . 05:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS28 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 109 km (67 mi).

1990 March 6 - . 06:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS29 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 109 km (67 mi).

1990 March 13 - . 02:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS34 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi).

1990 March 13 - . 03:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS36 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi).

1990 March 13 - . 04:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS38 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1990 March 13 - . 05:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS40 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi).

1990 March 15 - . 19:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A. LV Configuration: Viper 3A Sphere.
  • DYANA DBS41 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1992 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Vehicle: Hades.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1995 July 7 - . 16:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA2. LV Family: Ariane. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 40. LV Configuration: Ariane 40-3 V75.
  • Helios 1A - . Mass: 2,537 kg (5,593 lb). Nation: France. Agency: CNES; DGA. Program: Helios. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Helios 1A-1B. USAF Sat Cat: 23605 . COSPAR: 1995-033A. Apogee: 682 km (423 mi). Perigee: 680 km (420 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 98.40 min.
  • CERISE - . Mass: 50 kg (110 lb). Nation: France. Agency: CNES; DGA. Manufacturer: Surrey. Class: Communications. Type: Amateur radio communications satellite. Spacecraft: MicroSat-70. USAF Sat Cat: 23606 . COSPAR: 1995-033B. Apogee: 675 km (419 mi). Perigee: 666 km (413 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 98.10 min. Caracterisation de l'Environnement Radioelectrique par un Instrument Spatiale Embarque; examined Earth RF environment. Customer: Alcatel Espace/DME. French government research payload incorporated into an advance microsatellite platform. Still operational as of 2000.

1999 December 3 - . 16:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA2. LV Family: Ariane. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 40. LV Configuration: Ariane 40-3 V124.
  • Helios 1B - . Mass: 2,750 kg (6,060 lb). Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Manufacturer: Toulouse. Program: Helios. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Helios 1A-1B. USAF Sat Cat: 25977 . COSPAR: 1999-064A. Apogee: 682 km (423 mi). Perigee: 680 km (420 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.40 min. French optical military reconnaisance satellite based on Spot 4. Taken out of service in mid-October 2004, when the orbit of the satellite was lowered to 637 x 640 km, taking it out of the path of Helios 1A and the Helios 2A that would be launched in December 2004.
  • Clementine - . Mass: 50 kg (110 lb). Nation: France. Agency: CNES; DGA. Manufacturer: Surrey. Class: Military. Type: Military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. Spacecraft: MicroSat-70. USAF Sat Cat: 25978 . COSPAR: 1999-064B. Apogee: 616 km (382 mi). Perigee: 602 km (374 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 96.90 min. Summary: Customer: Alcatel Espace(France). French government military electronic intelligence research payload incorporated into an advance microsatellite platform. Based on CERISE with enhanced EMC subsystem. Still operational as of 2000..

2004 December 18 - . 16:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5Gp. LV Configuration: Ariane 5G+ V165 (520).
  • Helios 2A - . Mass: 4,200 kg (9,200 lb). Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Manufacturer: EADS Astrium. Program: Helios. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Helios 2. USAF Sat Cat: 28492 . COSPAR: 2004-049A. Apogee: 690 km (420 mi). Perigee: 688 km (427 mi). Inclination: 98.0770 deg. Period: 98.39 min. Summary: First of two new-generation French military surveillance satellites. Last flight of Ariane 5G model. Launch delayed from December 10..
  • Essaim 1 - . Mass: 120 kg (260 lb). Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Manufacturer: EADS Astrium. Class: Military. Type: Electronic intelligence satellite. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 28494 . COSPAR: 2004-049C. Apogee: 673 km (418 mi). Perigee: 663 km (411 mi). Inclination: 98.0760 deg. Period: 97.96 min. The Essaim demonstrator was a system of several micro-satellites (Essaim means 'swarm' in French) for 'analysis of the electro-magnetic environment of the Earth's surface' (electronic intelligence). DGA, the French Ministry of Defence's procurement agency, developed the project. The system also comprised a ground control segment and a ground station for data processing. It was called a 'demonstrator' since the mission's objective was to assess the operational capability of such a system, paving the way for the next generation. The Essaim satellites were based on EADS Astrium's Myriade multipurpose micro-satellite. In early 2000, the DGA awarded the contract for the development, manufacturing of this turnkey system of micro-satellites and associated ground segment. Under the contract, EADS Astrium was also responsible for personnel training and system operations during the three-year life duration of the programme.
  • Essaim 2 - . Mass: 120 kg (260 lb). Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Manufacturer: EADS Astrium. Class: Military. Type: Electronic intelligence satellite. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 28495 . COSPAR: 2004-049D. Apogee: 664 km (412 mi). Perigee: 657 km (408 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 98.00 min.
  • Essaim 3 - . Mass: 120 kg (260 lb). Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Manufacturer: EADS Astrium. Class: Military. Type: Electronic intelligence satellite. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 28496 . COSPAR: 2004-049E. Apogee: 667 km (414 mi). Perigee: 654 km (406 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 98.00 min.
  • Essaim 4 - . Mass: 120 kg (260 lb). Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Manufacturer: EADS Astrium. Class: Military. Type: Electronic intelligence satellite. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 28497 . COSPAR: 2004-049F. Apogee: 670 km (410 mi). Perigee: 651 km (404 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 98.00 min.

2005 October 13 - . 22:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5GS. LV Configuration: Ariane 5GS V168.
  • Syracuse 3A - . Payload: Spacebus 4000B3. Mass: 3,725 kg (8,212 lb). Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Manufacturer: Alenia. Program: Syracuse. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Spacebus 4000. USAF Sat Cat: 28885 . COSPAR: 2005-041B. Apogee: 35,803 km (22,246 mi). Perigee: 35,771 km (22,227 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Summary: Syracuse 3A French military communications satellite. Launch delayed from mid-February, March 15, April 14, May 31, 2005. As of 2007 Mar 10 located at 47.00E drifting at 0.010E degrees per day..

2006 August 11 - . 22:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • Syracuse 3B - . Payload: Spacebus 4000B3. Mass: 3,750 kg (8,260 lb). Nation: France. Agency: DGA. Manufacturer: Alenia. Program: Syracuse. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Spacebus 4000. USAF Sat Cat: 29273 . COSPAR: 2006-033B. Apogee: 35,796 km (22,242 mi). Perigee: 35,777 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Summary: SHF and EHF military communications links for the French military. As of 2007 Mar 9 located at 5.21W drifting at 0.004W degrees per day..

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