Sherbrooke – October 27th 2016 – PROBA-1, the first in a series of mini-satellites launched in Earth orbit by the European Space Agency (ESA), celebrates today its fifteen year of operation without failure. Initially built for a two-year lifespan, the satellite still continues to provide images of the Earth allowing scientists to analyze climate change and global warming as well as monitoring natural and man-made disasters. PROBA-1 was the first European satellite to include two breakthrough technologies developed by NGC Aerospace. These two innovations allowed a reduction in the cost of satellite operation, by making it autonomous, and a reduction in the development cost of its on-board intelligence, by using fully automated design tools.
Launched in October 2001, PROBA-1 was part of an ESA project to validate innovative space technologies including making them less dependent on ground operators. Since the launch of PROBA-1, three other satellites, still in operation, demonstrate the reliability and robustness of NGC’s intelligent software: PROBA-2 (2009), PROBA-V (2013) and Sentinel-3 (2016).