March 20, 2019

14th Vega mission from Guiana Space Centre set to launch Italian PRISMA satellite

Friday 22 March, Vega will lift off from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) carrying the PRISMA satellite (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa) built by prime contractor OHB Italia for the Italian space agency ASI. The launch will be the third this year from the CSG and the first for Vega, which will be making its 14th flight since entering service at the CSG in 2012

PRISMA is ASI’s latest Earth-observation satellite. Weighing 879 kilograms at lift-off and with an expected service life of five years, it is carrying a state-of-the-art electro-optical instrument built by Leonardo consisting of an innovative hyperspectral sensor and medium-resolution panchromatic camera. PRISMA will serve key applications for Italy’s national security and environmental monitoring, providing capabilities tailored to resource management, crop identification and classification, and tackling pollution.

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Pascale Bresson    Press Officer    Tel: +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Raphaël Sart    Press Officer    Tel: +33 (0)1 44 76 74 51    raphael.sart@cnes.fr
Sébastien Martignac    Press Officer    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 78 35    sebastien.martignac@cnes.fr

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