In March of 2006, Ciel commissioned Thales Alenia Space to build Ciel-2, a Spacebus 4000 C4, the largest Spacebus class satellite ever built. The Ciel-2 satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle on December 10, 2008. The satellite is designed to operate for at least 15 years.
Video of Ciel-2 Launch >>
December 10, 2008