Arianespace to launch PLATiNO 1 + 2 Smallsats for the Italian space agency
Arianespace was awarded a launch contract by SITAELLwwith the Italian Space Agency (ASI) as end customer, put into orbit PLATINO 1 and 2 satellites.
The action should take place between 2022 and 2024 via a Vega and Vega C launch vehicles. PLATiNO 1 and 2 are small SSO Earth Observation (EO) satellites. PLATiNO 1 will feature a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) that operates in the X band while PLATiNO 2 will carry an optical thermal instrument.
PLATiNO is a versatile, multi-mission, high-tech and entirely Italian platform suitable for a wide range of applications which will be equipped with various instruments – both radar and optical – which guarantee optimal resolutions and an on-board computer capable of acquiring and downloading a large number of images.
The PLATiNO platform was developed through a temporary consortium established between SITAEL, Leonardo, Thales Alenia Space (a joint venture between Thales -67% and Leonardo -33%) and Airbus Defense and Space and was designed to support a wide range missions in different operational scenarios ranging from EO to telecommunications and scientific missions.
This platform ensures a reduction in development and operating costs in an extremely competitive market and supports a strategic placement of Italian industries in a sector where new space systems, such as mega-constellations, are multiplying.
“We are very proud of this new launch contract, which underlines the capacity of Arianespace’s launch solutions, here with Vega and Vega C, to address institutional needs at the most competitive conditions, even for very demanding missions within the 100-500 kg. class”, Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace, said. “This agreement also demonstrates Arianespace’s capability to support the development of new space initiatives embedded by governments and European institutions.”