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Rocket with Ukrainian engine launches French military satellites into orbit

November 17, 2021 10:40 pmby Daryna Antoniuk
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(Pivdenne aerospace design bureau)

Three CERES electronic intelligence satellites were launched from a space center in French Guiana on Nov. 16 to enhance France’s surveillance capabilities.

The satellites were sent off by the Vega rocket, equipped with a liquid propellant engine designed by Ukraine’s Pivdenne aerospace design bureau and built by the Pivdenmash factory in Dnipro, a Ukrainian regional capital.

Daryna Antoniuk
Author: Daryna Antoniuk

Daryna Antoniuk is a tech reporter at the Kyiv Independent. She worked in the same role at the Kyiv Post and has focused on Ukrainian startups, investment and the fintech market. Antoniuk previously was a tech reporter for Forbes Ukraine. Her work has also been published at Sifted and The Record. She graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv with BA in journalism and communications.

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