Proba-V is a miniaturised ESA satellite tasked with a full-scale mission: to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days.
|Proba-V facts and figures|
|Launch date:||02:06 GMT on 7 May 2013 (23:06 local time 6 May; 04:06 CEST 7 May)|
|Orbit:||Sun-synchronous polar orbit, 820 km altitude, crossing the equator every morning between 10:30 and 11:00 local time|
|Instrument:||New version of the Vegetation imager previously flown on the Spot satellites|
|Guest technology payloads:||Gallium nitride amplifier incorporated in communication subsystem; Energetic Particle Telescope; SATRAM radiation monitor, ADS-B aircraft signal detector; fibre optic photonics experiment|
|Prime contractor:||QinetiQ Space Belgium|
|Payload developer:||OIP Sensor Systems|
Satellite’s mission control centre in Redu, Belgium complemented by a ground station for data reception, and a processing and archiving centre at VITO in Belgium.
The exploitation phase of Proba-V will be managed by ESA from ESRIN, ESA’s Earth observation centre in Italy.