VRSS 2 [CAST]
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.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||619 km × 654 km × 98.0°|
|VRSS 2 (Antonio José de Sucre)||2017-060A||09.10.2017||Jq LC-43/94||CZ-2D (2)|