The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) officially cleared the Helios IIA
satellite for operational use on April 7, 2005. France, Belgium and Spain are
the partner nations in the Helios II imagery satellite program. This decision
was communicated to the armed forces command staff for the three nations.
Helios IIA was successfully put into orbit by an Ariane 5G rocket 18-Dec-2005.
Since then, the French Space Research National Center (CNES) in behalf of the
DGA conducted more than three months of testing validating onboard instruments
and overall performance of the Helios IIA satellite. The satellite was built by
Helios IIA will be able to provide surveillance of small areas with pinpoint
accuracy through high-resolution imagery; intelligence information in support of
tactical strike missions and damage assessment; and terrain digital mapping
capability over forbidden/inaccessible territories (Afghanistan or Iraq) in
support of a wide range of military applications such as guidance of cruise
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