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PROBA V is classified as:


NORAD ID: 39159
Int'l Code: 2013-021A
Perigee: 819.2 km
Apogee: 825.7 km
Inclination: 98.5 °
Period: 101.2 minutes
Semi major axis: 7193 km
RCS: 0.4928 m2 (medium)
Launch date: May 7, 2013
Source: European Space Agency (ESA)
Launch site: FRENCH GUIANA (FRGUI)

PROBA-V spacecraft is about the size of a kitchen oven, but engineers stuffed the satellite with five technology payloads and a miniaturized vegetation instrument to supply researchers with information on plant growth. Proba-V's main sensor, designed with eyes to see in visible and infrared light, comprises an array of three telescopes and detectors. Although smaller than the preceding instruments on the Spot satellites, Proba-V's camera is more than twice as sensitive, with a peak resolution of 100 meters, or about 328 feet. Each scan from the satellite's instrument covers a swath of Earth about 1,400 miles (2,253 km) wide, giving context to scientists studying crop yields, wildfires and water shortages. The spacecraft flies in an orbit allowing it cover the whole planet in two days. The [US]$65 million mission is led by Belgium, which provided most of the project's funding, built the spacecraft and vegetation instrument, and is home to the mission control center in Redu.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 39159U 13021A   19019.65969314 -.00000043  00000-0 -12432-6 0  9994
2 39159  98.5315  90.0172 0004496 114.1440 246.0206 14.22968713296298
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC