PROBA V [ESA]
PROBA-V (Project for On-Board Autonomy - Vegetation) is an attempt, spearheaded by ESA and CNES, to accommodate an improved smaller version of the large VGT (Vegetation) optical instrument of SPOT-4 and SPOT-5 mission heritage on a small satellite bus.
Proba-V flies a reduced-mass version of the Vegetation instrument currently on board the Spot satellites to provide a daily overview of global vegetation growth.
Bearing a different designation from its predecessors, Proba-V is an operational as well as experimental mission, designed to serve an existing user community.
The aim is to guarantee data continuity for the Vegetation dataset once the current Spot missions end.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Contractors:||Qinetiq Space Belgium (prime); OIP Space Systems (payload)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Lifetime:||2.5 years (min), 5 years (design)|
|Orbit:||820 km × 820 km, 98.7º|
|PROBA V||07.05.2013||Ko ELV||Vega||with VNREDSat 1a, ESTCube 1|