Dataset of French Satellites Launched (France)
This dataset contains 17 entries.


These are the 17 satellites operated or owned by organizations in France, based on the interactive table representation of the UCS Satellite Database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientist (UCS).

Most of these satellites from France are launched for military use (58.8%) and for the purpose of earth observation (64.7%).Majority of these satellites are LEO satellites, with around 13 (76.5%) launched so far.

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Chart 1: Satellite Launches By Year
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Chart 2: Major Operators
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Chart 3: Satellites by Purpose
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Insights from France's Satellite Dataset

  Which year saw the most satellites launched for France?

The years are 2021 and 2011, which saw 4 satellites launched respectively.

  Who operates or owns the most satellites in France?

DGA (Arms Procurement Agency) and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) owns/operates the most number of satellites (4 - 23.5% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which rocket has delivered the most satellites from France to space?

The rocket that has delivered the most satellites to space is Soyuz-2/Fregat which has delivered 4 satellites (23.5%).

  Which launch site has launched the most satellites from France to space?

The launch site that has launched the most satellites to space is Guiana Space Center which has launched 14 satellites (82.4%).

  What is the most common type of satellite orbit?

Sun-Synchronous orbit is the most common type of orbit (12 satellites - 70.6%).

  Apogee, Perigee & Period

The perigees (point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 240km to 35,778km, with the average perigee being 4,714.9km from the Earth, while the apogees (point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 480km to 35,801km, with the average apogee being 7,562.2km from the Earth. The longest period a satellite takes to orbit around the Earth is 1,436 minutes.

  Satellite Mass

The launch masses (include fuel) of the satellites range from 1kg to 3,750kg, while the dry masses (excluding fuel) of the satellites range from 1,650kg to 1,658kg.

Pleiades Neo 3.

Introducing the Pléiades Neo satellites constellation

Designed for earth observation (Optical Imaging), Pleiades Neo 3 is a commercial satellite operated by Airbus Defense and Space (France).

A sun-synchronous LEO satellite, it was launched into space using Vega as the launch vehicle from Guiana Space Center on 29 April 2021. Pleiades Neo 3 was constructed by Airbus Defense and Space (France).

With a launch mass of 920kg, Pleiades Neo 3 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 10 years. It orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2021-034A and NORAD ID 48268.

With an orbital eccentricity of 2.14E-04, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 623km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 626km. It takes 97 minutes to orbit the Earth at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.


 Compare Pleiades Neo 3 with Starlink-2216 from USA.

 Compare Pleiades Neo 3 with Starlink-1705 from USA.

Get more insights from these satellite datasets

  Full datasets:  All satellites by launch date   |   The Heaviest Satellites That Are Launched to Space

  By Use Type:  Civil-use satellites   |   Commercial satellites   |   Government satellites   |   Military satellites

  By Country:  USA   |   UK   |   France   |   Germany   |   Japan   |   China   |   Russia   |   Australia   |   Canada

  By Orbit Class/Type:  LEO satellites   |   MEO satellites   |   GEO satellites   |   Elliptical orbit   |   Polar orbit   |   Equatorial orbit   |   Non-polar inclined orbit   |   Sun-synchronous orbit   |   Molniya orbit

  By Operators:  SpaceX   |   EUTELSAT   |   SES   |   European Space Agency (ESA)   |   Planet Labs   |   Iridium   |   Spire Global   |   OneWeb   |   Swarm Technologies   |   NASA - Dataset of Satellites Launched (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)   |   Canadian Space Agency (CSA) - Dataset of Satellites Launched

  By Launch Vehicle:  Falcon 9   |   Ariane 5   |   Ariane 5 ECA   |   Delta 2   |   Dnepr   |   Electron   |   Falcon Heavy   |   Long March 2C   |   Long March 2D   |   Long March 3B   |   Pegasus   |   Proton   |   Proton M   |   PSLV   |   Rokot   |   Soyuz   |   Soyuz-2.1b   |   Vega

  By Launch Vehicle:  Cape Canaveral   |   Baikonur Cosmodrome   |   Guiana Space Center   |   International Space Station   |   Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center   |   Plesetsk Cosmodrome   |   Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1   |   Satish Dhawan Space Centre   |   Taiyuan Launch Center   |   Vandenberg AFB   |   Xichang Satellite Launch Center   |   Boeing Satellite Systems   |   Airbus Defense and Space   |   EADS Astrium   |   Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems   |   Space Systems/Loral   |   Surrey Satellite Technology   |   Technical University Berlin   |   Thales Alenia Space


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