Asterix and diamant proved the determination of
France to have it's own space programme and play a leading role in
developing both satellites and launchers.
November 26, 1965 France became the worlds third space nation, that had
launched it's own satellite with it's own launcher. The satellite was
first named A-1 (Army’s first satellite), then renamed to Asterix after
a french cartoon. Asterix was 50 cm in diameter, and launched by a diamant
A rocket. When the nose cone ejected one of its antennas was damaged.
Asterix ceased to work after 2 days. But it is still in orbit.
About the model
have two options, when you print
the model. You can use ordinary
white paper or silver paper.
(In french - but simply the best)
www.cnes-multimedia.fr - the history of CNES satellites
www.cnes-csg.fr - ensemble de lancement Diamant
(Asterix cartoon drawing here!)
When france became the third space power
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brian Harvey: Europe's Space Programme: To Ariane and Beyond
of the world by Peter Alway,