The PerúSAT-1 passenger for Arianespace’s next Vega mission is now in French Guiana, where payload preparations are beginning for a September liftoff from the Spaceport.
Built by Airbus Defence and Space based on its AstroBus-S platform, the spacecraft was transported from Toulouse, France – where it was produced – aboard a cargo aircraft, which touched down in French Guiana at Cayenne’s Félix Eboué Airport late last week.
Following its transfer by road to the Spaceport’s S3B payload preparation facility, PerúSAT-1 is in position for final checkout and integration with Vega before lifting off from the South American launch facility – where Arianespace operates its family of light-lift Vega, medium-weight Soyuz and heavy-lift Ariane 5 vehicles.
PerúSAT-1 – which is the first Earth observation satellite for Peru – was ordered by the country’s government for its national space agency, CONIDA (La Comisi&oa
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 16.
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.
A pioneering Earth observation satellite for Peru has made initial contact with launcher hardware as PerúSAT-1 completes its fit-check in preparation for a September 16 liftoff from French Guiana aboard an Arianespace Vega launch vehicle.
The fit-check is a regular milestone during mission preparations at Arianespace’s Spaceport launch site in French Guiana, verifying the physical matchup of a payload with the hardware that serves as its interface when integrated on the launcher. Once the step is achieved, a payload is cleared to continue the pre-launch processing.
For PerúSAT-1, this activity was performed in the Spaceport’s S3B satellite preparation facility during the weekend, following its delivery last week from Europe to French Guiana.
PerúSAT-1 is based on a compact AstroBus-S spacecraft platform produced by Airbus Defence and Space, which combines the advantages of a low-mass system with the performance of a larger Earth observation platform.
Ordered in 2014 by the Peruvian government for its national space agency, CONIDA, PerúSAT-1 is equipped with a revolutionary silicon carbide optical instrument system to image Earth at 70 cm. resolution, and will serve as the country’s first Earth observation satellite.
The Vega mission with PerúSAT-1 is designated Flight VV07 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, signifying the light-lift vehicle’s seventh launch overall, and its first this year from Europe’s Spaceport.
So far during 2016, Arianespace has performed three successful heavy-lift Ariane 5 missions, as well as two utilizing the medium-weight Soyuz vehicle – with another Ariane 5 launch in preparation for liftoff on August 24.