PARIS — Italian civil and military space authorities signed an approximately 200-million-euro ($243 million) contract with satellite builder Thales Alenia Space and ground-segment provider Telespazio for two Cosmo-SkyMed second-generation (CSG) radar Earth observation satellites.

The satellites are scheduled for launch aboard Vega-C rockets in early 2024 and early 2025. The launches will be contracted separately.

The contract, with the Italian Ministry of Defense and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), comes nearly six years after the first . . .

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