Proba is the European Space Agency’s family of microsatellites used to test new software and hardware, as well as scientific equipment. First launched in 2001, the diminutive satellites, no more than a meter across in any direction, have been used to test autonomous control systems, space weather monitoring platforms and imaging systems that have gone on to be used in various ESA missions.
The next Proba satellite in the family to launch, Proba-V, will test a host of instruments that will be used in future satellite missions. These include instruments to monitor vegetation growth, a system to allow aircraft detection from space, and a high-speed X-band transmitter.
July 13, 2012 11:43 AM PDT
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