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Proba V


Designation 39159 / 13021A
Launch date 7 May 2013
Country of origin Europe
Mission Scientific: Sun study
Perigee/Apogee 820 km sun-synchronous
Inclination 98.7°
Period 101.2 min
Launch vehicle Vega #2

Will continue the mission performed by Earth-monitoring Vegetation instruments carried on the Spot 4 and 5 satellites.

Carries an ADS-B payload to detect and track aircraft, especially in areas not covered by ground-based radars. Proved the concept of space aircraft tracking.

End of life

Out of service Jul 2020
Cause Decommissioned

External resources

sat-index articles

n2yo.com tracking

Technical data


Prime contractor QinetiQ Space Belgium
Mass at launch 140 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Carries the lastest version of the Vegetation imaging instrument (flew on Spot series)

Downlink: 2235 MHz

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