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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 studies journalism and communications at Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. Antoniuk worked as a news editor, social media manager, and freelance journalist before she joined the Kyiv Post staff in February 2020. She is passionate about information technologies and artificial intelligence.