Italian ASI: Prisma satellite launch postponed
Due to security reasons; new date set
Asi, the Italian space agency, announced yesterday in a note that it is set for 2:50 am (Italian time) the night between 21 and 22 March, the liftoff of the Italian satellite, Prisma (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa). It is a prototype mission of the Italian Space Agency developed to test hyperspectral technologies for Earth observation. It is an innovative satellite equipped with an electro-optical instrumentation, able to work in numerous bands arranged from the visible to the near infrared, up to the shortwave infrared. With its potential, Prisma will be able to contribute to the observation of the geological phenomena that occur in Italy and beyond. In fact, it will be able to monitor the state of natural resources, air quality and pollution levels on a global scale from an orbit of 620 kilometers of altitude. The innovative hyperspectral technology with which Prisma is equipped will study the planet in depth, managing to acquire data on the chemical composition of the areas observed, travelling at 27,000 km per hour. Its realization is the result of a collaboration between Italian companies, led by Ohb Italia, responsible for the mission and management of the three main segments -land, flight and launch- and Leonardo, that created the electro-optical instrumentation. The mission control center was set up by Telespazio while data acquisition and processing will take place at the ASI (Italian Space Agency) Space Center in Matera. Prisma will go into orbit accompanied by the vector of the European space agency Vega, designed and built in Italy by Avio in the Colleferro facilities.
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