Mission and Sensor Description
The main PROBA-V payload is the Vegetation sensor: a multispectral pushbroom spectrometer with 4 spectral bands and with a very large swath of 2285 km to guarantee daily coverage above 35° latitude.
The payload consists of 3 identical cameras, each with a very compact Three Mirror Anastigmat (TMA) telescope. Each TMA, having a FOV of 34°, contains 4 spectral bands: 3 bands in the visible range (Blue, Red and NIR) and one band in the SWIR spectral range. The swath Total FOV is 103°. VGT-P is restricted to imaging land and dedicated calibration zones. On-board the spacecraft, there is for each camera a land sea mask that allow to remove the pixels that contain only sea and it dictates when each camera should be in imaging mode.
An illustration of the PROBA-V platform and a table summarising the main instrument parameters of the Vegetation instrument, compared to its predecessor (SPOT-VGT) are provided here below.
The reference scientific paper providing description of the PROBA-V Space Segment is available here for download:
The main mission requirements of PROBA-V remote-sensing satellite are:
PROBA-V principally addresses key observations in the following application domains: