Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and the Peruvian Defence Minister Jakke Valakivi visited on 1st December Airbus Defence and Space’s centre in Toulouse to see the progress being made in the construction of Peru’s first Earth observation satellite, PerúSAT-1.
François Auque, Head of Space Systems, accompanied President Humala on his tour of the facilities. Visiting the cleanrooms, the Peruvian President was able to see the platform and the instrument that will provide the satellite’s sub-metric resolution observation power.
Integration work on PerúSAT-1 is progressing on schedule so as to deliver the satellite less than two years after the entry into force of the contract, a record delivery time for such a powerful Earth observation satellite.
After it is launched in 2016 aboard a Vega launcher from the European spaceport of Kourou, in French Guyana, Peru will join the exclusive club of countries with powerful Earth observation capacity.
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