CERES (Capacité de Renseignement Electromagnétique Spatiale or Space Signal Intelligence Capacity) is a French ELINT satellite system, consisting of three closely positioned satellites that are designed to detect and locate ground signals, along with ground control and user ground segments.
Airbus Defence and Space has been entrusted with the space segment comprising the three satellites, while Thales is responsible for the payload and the user ground segment. The two manufacturers are the joint prime contractors for the entire system. In addition, Thales Alenia Space acts as a subcontractor to Airbus Defence and Space in supplying the platform.
The satellites will be launched in 2020 on a Vega rocket, likely on the upgraded Vega-C version.
|Type / Application:||ELINT|
|Contractors:||Airbus Defence and Space (prime); Thales Alenia Space (bus)|
|Power:||Deployable solar array, batteries|
|CERES 1||-||2021||Ko ELV||Vega||with CERES 2, 3|
|CERES 2||-||2021||Ko ELV||Vega||with CERES 1, 3|
|CERES 3||-||2021||Ko ELV||Vega||with CERES 1, 2|