Syracuse 4A Launched By France
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♦ ‘Syracuse 4A’ was launched into orbit with the help of the Ariane 5 rocket.
♦ It is intended to allow France’s armed forces across the globe to communicate quickly and securely.
♦ The satellite can survey its private surroundings and drive itself to escape an attack.
♦ Syracuse IV provides a throughput three times higher (1.5 Gbit/sec) than Syracuse III by working in two bands: X and Ka.
♦ Three satellites are put in orbit: the second in 2022 and the third on an unknown date.
♦ The total cost of the Syracuse IV programme is EUR3.6 billion (nearly USD4.2 billion).
♦ Syracuse IV is the leading French military satellite with the ability to identify other satellites trying to gather information from it or kill it.