The PerúSAT-1 Earth observation satellite, designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space, for the Peruvian Space Agency (CONIDA), is ready for launch from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 16 September 2016.
The PerúSAT-1 is based on the compact AstroBus-S platform. It will be placed in a polar orbit at an altitude of approximately 695 km. The satellite will collect images at 70 cm resolution for use in agriculture, urban planning, border control and drug trafficking, and to support the management of humanitarian aid and the evaluation of natural disasters, among other applications.
Once the satellite is launched by a Vega launcher, Airbus Defence and Space will check the solar panel deployment and sun pointing acquisition, and conduct a series of operations which include the satellite transfer to its operational orbit, the first image acquisition, carrying out the in orbit tests to ensure that all subsystems are operating properly. All these will be done from the CNOIS control centre (Centro Nacional deOperaciones de Imágenes Satelitales) built by Airbus Defence and Space, in Pucusana, in the south of Lima.