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European Meteosat 2 and APPLE satellite, 1981.


European Meteosat 2 and APPLE satellite, 1981.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 31cm x 32cm


This payload, shown in the transportation container, was launched by a European Ariane rocket on 19th June 1981. Meteosat 2 was the first of the European operational weather satellites and operated for far longer than its design life of three years. APPLE (Ariane Pasenger PayLoad Experiment) was a communications test satellite from India.

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