PROBA-V launched on 7 May 2013, is a miniaturised ESA satellite tasked with a full-scale mission to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days.
It is the latest in ESA's Proba series of minisatellites, among the smallest satellites launched by the agency - each one less than a cubic metre in volume.
This mission is extending the data set of the long-established Vegetation instrument, flown as a secondary payload aboard France's SPOT-4 and SPOT-5 satellites launched in 1998 and 2002 respectively.
|Orbit Type||Polar Earth Sun-synchronous|
|Orbit Period||101 min|
|Orbit Inclination||98.73 degrees|
|Orbit Altitude||820 km|
|Equator Crossing Time||Initial LTDN between 10:30 and 11:30|