There is 1 images added on 20 December 2018
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 20 December 2018
Total Production: 2
Total Cost: EUR€795 million   (USD$837 million)
Also Known As: Multinational Space-Based Imaging System and MUSIS
Origin: France
Corporations: EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space
Parent System: MUSIS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 20 December 2018
Total Production: 2
Total Cost: EUR€795 million   (USD$837 million)
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Description: The CSO (Composante Spatiale Optique/ Spacial Optical Component) is an Earth observation satellite designed to deliver advanced high-resolution imagery replacing the Helios 2 constellation. The new spacecraft will deliver better Earth imagery than the current Helios 2 system. The French Ministry of Defense Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) selected the French Space Agency (CNES) to pick up a contractor for the CSO program. On November 30, 2010, CNES awarded EADS Astrium a 795 million Euro contract for the development and construction of two CSO satellites with the first launch planned for December 2016. Thales Alenia Space will provide the optical instruments.

CSO satellites will provide the imagery component of the future Multinational Space-based System (MUSIS). Two satellites are envisaged under this program but there is an option to build a third satellite depending on funding provided by the MUSIS partners. The MUSIS is an international initiative involving France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Greece and Italy.

CSO News

There are 4 news between
7 Jun 2011 and 19 Dec 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018First CSO French Military Observation Satellite Places into Orbit
Monday, October 20, 2014Thales Alenia Space Signs Phase B2 Study Contract for Interface Between Cosmo-SkyMed and CSO Observation Systems
Monday, October 10, 2011Thales Alenia Space Wins Communications Contracts for MUSIS and RADARSAT Earth Observation Programs
Tuesday, June 7, 2011Thales Alenia Space Spain Awarded Contracts for the Earth Observation MUSIS Program

Operators & Related Equipment

Dec 20181

Grand Total 21

CSO Spacecraft Listing

SerialCountry - Launch Rocket - SiteStatusLaunch DateOperationalRetired
CSO-1 Soyuz-2 - Kourou19 Dec 201820 Dec 2018-
CSO-2 ? - Kourou2021--

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