Spain: Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company and Hisdesat, a Spanish government satellite services operator, have completed the production and integration process for the PAZ satellite in Madrid. PAZ is scheduled for launch in 2014.
PAZ is capable of taking more than 100 images each day with up to 1 metre resolution. Apart from security and defence needs, these images will also be used for civil applications. It is scheduled for launch in 2014 on board the Russian launcher Dnepr, under the contract signed with the Russian company KOSMOTRAS. PAZ will cover an area of over 300,000 square kilometres per day. It is configured to make 15 orbits of the Earth each day at an altitude of 514 kilometres and at a velocity of seven kilometres per second. On its slightly inclined quasi-polar orbit, PAZ will be able cover the entire globe on average in 24 hours. It has been designed for a five and a half year mission. As prime contractor, Astrium led a large consortium of space industry sector companies for the integration of the satellite at its facilities in Madrid. The satellite weighs 1,400 kg and is 5 metres high, with a diameter of 2.4 metres.