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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.
www.capcomespace.net (In french - but simply the best)
www.cnes.fr (French national space agency)
www.asterixweb.it (Asterix cartoon drawing here!)
More french satellites here: