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Arianespace VV14 Launch - PRISMA

KOUROU, GUYANE FRANCAISE, FRANCE

Arianespace’s first Vega mission in 2019 will deliver the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) newest Earth observation satellite, PRISMA, to Sun-synchronous orbit in March. The March mission with PRISMA is designated Flight VV14, signifying the 14th launch of the lightweight Vega – which joins Arianespace’s medium-lift Soyuz and heavyweight Ariane 5 in a complete launch vehicle family to orbit commercial, governmental, institutional, scientific and experimental payloads.

General Information

Event number: 44297
Date: 20/03 - 24/04/2019

Booking contact

+41 22 717 29 00

Overview

Arianespace’s first Vega mission in 2019 is set to take off from the Guiana Space Center on 14 March to deliver the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) newest Earth observation satellite, PRISMA, to Sun-synchronous orbit.
PRISMA – which will weigh approximately 900 kg. at liftoff – is fitted with an innovative electro-optical instrument combining a hyperspectral sensor with a medium-resolution panchromatic camera.
Offering the advantages of conventional observation (based on the recognition of geometric characteristics of a scene) coupled with the ability to determine the chemical and physical characteristics of the objects present in the scene, PRISMA's capabilities can be employed in a wide range of applications, including – but not limited to – environmental monitoring, resource management, identification and classification of crops, and the efforts to limit pollution.
The March mission with PRISMA is designated Flight VV14, signifying the 14th launch of the lightweight Vega – which joins Arianespace’s medium-lift Soyuz and heavyweight Ariane 5 in a complete launch vehicle family to orbit commercial, governmental, institutional, scientific and experimental payloads.


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