Aura - Space launch mission detailed information
27 SEP 1975
National Center of Space Research
Diamant Launch Area
French scientific satellite dedicated to solar and atmospheric investigations
The Diamant rocket (Diamant is French for "diamond") was the first exclusively French expendable launch system and at the same time the first satellite launcher not built by either the United States or USSR. As such, it has been referred to as being a key predecessor for all subsequent European launcher projects.