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France and Chile placed spy satellites, using Russian rocket.

Europe Security News. Simulated Pleiades imagery of the city of Toulouse. Credits CNES.

Led by CNES, the French space agency, a Russian Soyuz rocket fired six satellites into space Friday, launching missions to serve defense agencies in Europe and Chile with high-resolution imagery and electronic intelligence.

The satellites included France’s Pleiades 1 imaging platform, four French ELISA electronic intelligence satellites and the SSOT Earth observation satellite for Chile. The “spy passengers” will orbit nearly 435 miles above Earth.

It was the second launch of a Soyuz booster from French Guiana using a new $800 million facility situated eight miles northwest of the spaceport’s existing Ariane rocket launch zone.