VENµS (Venus, Vegetation and Environment Monitoring New Micro-Satellite) is a earth observation microsatellite to be build jointly by Israel and France and aimed at precision agricultural imaging and environmental monitoring.
The Venus mission will make use of the same bus developed by IAI for MoD's TechSAR satellite, as well as a low-thrust electric propulsion system developed by Rafael. The agreement between CNES and the Israel Space Agency also calls for Israel's Elop Electro-Optics Industries Ltd. to provide the multispectral imaging payload for the Venus mission. Initially developed in cooperation with Germany for a European Union project that never came to fruition, the Elop camera features 12 narrow spectral bands and a five-meter resolution.
In light of Israel's technological and scientific achievements in the field of satellites, the French space agency, CNES, contacted ISA several years ago, and proposed a joint manufacture of a new micro-satellite.
After negotiations with France, Israel has agreed to the cooperation, and the sides have agreed on building a French-Israeli satellite (VENUS), based on an Israeli satellite structure. This satellite includes a space camera developed in Israel, an Israeli electric space engine, and will use special algorithms developed in Israel.
Israel will spend about 20 million dollars for the satellite, with France to add another 10 million euros (13 million dollars). Venus is to be built by Israel Aircraft Industries and Israel's Rafael Armament Development Authority. The satellite will be built under Israeli direction and was planned to be launched in 2008 by a Vega rocket. The satellite will serve as a demonstration satellite for the European GMES project.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|VENµS (Venus)||-||2017||Ko ELV||Vega||with OpSat-3000, SAMSON 1, SAMSON 2, SAMSON 3|