PerúSAT-1 is prepared for Arianespace’s next Vega launch from the Spaceport
Peru’s initial Earth observation satellite – PerúSAT-1 – is getting a first look inside the Spaceport’s S3B clean room, where payload preparations are advancing for Arianespace’s Vega mission on September 15.
PerúSAT-1 was removed from its protective shipping container after being delivered late last week from Toulouse, France – where the spacecraft was produced – to French Guiana via cargo jetliner, then transferred by road to the Spaceport.
Built by Airbus Defence and Space based on its AstroBus-S platform, PerúSAT-1 incorporates an advanced silicon carbide instrument system that is designed to deliver imagery at a 70-cm. resolution over a lifetime of 10 years. It was ordered by the Peruvian government for operation by the country’s national space agency, CONIDA (La Comisión Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Aeroespacial).
The Vega launch with PerúSAT-1 is designated VV07 in Arianespace’s numbering system and will follow the company’s upcoming Ariane 5 flight at the service of Intelsat – which is scheduled for liftoff on August 24.
Flight VV07 will mark the light-lift Vega’s seventh launch overall, and the first this year from Europe’s Spaceport – which already has seen three successful heavy-lift Ariane 5 missions, as well as two with the medium-weight Soyuz vehicle.