Testing time for Proba-V, ESA's global vegitation tracker
Completed Proba-V satellite.
Fully-integrated Proba-V microsatellite at QinetiQ Space Belgium in December 2012.
14 January 2013 ESAís Proba-V microsatellite is now assembled and midway through testing to ensure it is fully spaceworthy. The miniature Earth-observer, designed to chart global vegetation every two days, will be launched in April.
The testing at the specialised Intespace facility in Toulouse, France, includes rigorous simulations of Proba-Vís take-off conditions and the hard vacuum and temperature extremes it must endure in orbit.
It comes after Proba-Vís assembly was completed by prime contractor QinetiQ Space at its facility in Kruibeke, Belgium last month.