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Thursday, May 06, 2004

Proba, the Washing-Machine-Like Satellite
Proba, short for Project for Onboard Autonomy, doesn't look like an ordinary satellite. Launched in 2001 by the European Space Agency (ESA), it has the shape and the size of a washing machine. Located 600 km above our heads, it gathers 14-km square images of the Earth's surface at a resolution of 18 meters with its main instrument, the Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS). And this is a very polyvalent satellite, used for agricultural mapping, water quality monitoring, charting forest fire damage and disaster management.

This overview looks at specific projects which used Proba, such as inspecting trees in Belgium or looking at cotton crops in Australia. And of course, it includes a rendering of Proba in orbit.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 12:39 PM

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