Proba-1 is a technology demonstrator turned operational Earth observation mission - ESA's smallest, less than a cubic metre in volume. Proba-1's main instrument is the Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS), acquiring 13 square km scenes at 17 m spatial resolution in 18 user-selected visible and near-infrared wavelengths. This agile satellite can also deliver up to five different viewing angles. Nearly 20,000 environmental science images have been acquired.
20 December 2019
Launched on 22 October 2001 and originally designed as a two-year mission, Proba-1 continues to provide valuable hyperspectral data to the scientific community, alongside priceless insight of long-lived missions—all while having travelled 4,329,416,712 kilometres to date.
Mission Facts and Figures
The Project for On-Board Autonomy (Proba) was originally a technology demonstration mission of the European Space Agency, started in mid-1998 and funded within the frame of ESA's General Support Technology Programme.
Intended as a one-year mission, Proba-1 has provided data successfully ever since its launch on 22 Oct 2001. Hosting two Earth Observation instruments CHRIS and HRC, Proba-1 has been managed, since 2004, by ESA's Ground Segment Department within the Directorate of Earth Observation at ESA/ESRIN.
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