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VRSS 2 (Antonio José de Sucre)


VRSS-2 or Antonio José de Sucre is Venezuela's second remote sensing satellite.

China Great Wall Industry Cooperation (CGWIC), a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) signed a in October 2014 contract with Venezuela Ministry of People’s Power for Science, Technology and Intermediate Industries (MPPCTII) in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, for the delivery of the VRSS-2 satellite. According to the contract, CGWIC is the main contractor and will perform in-orbit delivery of the VRSS-2 satellite to MPPCTII together with the subcontractors for the satellite, the launch vehicle, launch control operation and ground application systems.

The satellite has a 1 m panchromatic and a 4 m multi-spectral imaging system. Aditionally it features 30 m SWIR and 60 m LWIR imagers.

Launch into a 645 km sun-synchroneous orbit took place in October 2017.

Nation: Venezuela
Type / Application: Earth observation
Contractors: CAST
Configuration: CAST2000 bus
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 1000 kg
Orbit: 619 km × 654 km × 98.0°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
VRSS 2 (Antonio José de Sucre) 2017-060A 09.10.2017 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2)


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