Arianespace launches French military spy satellite on Soyuz rocket to reach 2020

Arianespace on Tuesday (December 29) launched a new reconnaissance satellite for the French army, which was the final mission of the European launcher of 2020.

A Russian-built Soyuz rocket launched the satellite called Optical Space Component 2 (or Composante Spatiale Optique 2, CSO-2, in French) from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana in South America. Removal occurred at 11:42 AM EST (1642 GMT) following a one day delay due to bad weather.