A-1 Asterix

Scale 1:10 Published: July 11, 2006

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Asterix A-2 french satellite

Paper craft - asterix satellite
A-1 was nicknamed after the french cartoon Asterix
Paper model of asterix satellite





On 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.

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.

About the model
You have two options, when you print the model. You can use ordinary white paper or silver paper.


www.capcomespace.net (In french - but simply the best)

www.cnes-multimedia.fr - the history of CNES satellites

www.cnes-csg.fr - ensemble de lancement  Diamant

www.asterixweb.it  (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

Rockets of the world by Peter Alway,