PROBA-2: Three Months in Orbit
On November 2nd 2009, the PROBA-2 satellite headed for Space on a Rockot launcher from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the North of Russia. Offering increased miniaturization, PROBA-2 is destined for the study of the Sun and the “space weather”.
PROBA-2 is a prime example of Belgian expertise in Space: with its mass of a about 135 kilos, this small scientific spacecraft has been built, for the account of the European Space Agency (ESA), by the firm Qinetiq Space (formerly Verhaert) in Kruibeke with the entire package of software developments realized by SPACEBEL : ground segment software with the satellite control center and the mission planning, flight segment software with the on-board software that controls the platform and the main scientific payloads, and the software validation facility.
3 months after its launch, PROBA-2 is keeping very well in its spatial environment. All is functioning perfectly fine.
On the occasion of the reception of the first useful images, the Royal Observatory of Belgium is organizing a press conference on January 26th 2010, from 9:45 until 11:00 AM, an event in which SPACEBEL will be happy to take part.