A new generation
Helios II will operate in the visible and infrared portions of the spectrum to deliver imagery to the French military night and day. France also has an agreement to exchange some of Helios II’s optical observing capacity for future radar observation capacity now under development in Germany and Italy, thus affording it an all-weather imaging capability. Enhancements provided by Helios II include significantly improved resolution, more imaging capacity and faster access to imagery.
6 satellites in a single launch
This launch is a major first for Ariane 5, charged with carrying 6 satellites safely to their destination.