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PRISMA (Precursore Iperspettrale della Missione Applicativa) is designed to provide information about environmental monitoring, resources management, pollution and crop health. The satellite includes a medium resolution camera that can view across all visual wavelengths, as well as a hyperspectral imager that can capture a wider range of wavelengths between 400 and 2500 nanometers.

"The mission can provide a unique contribution to the observations of natural resources and in the study of key environmental processes, such as interaction between atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere, observation of global climate change and effects of human activities ecosystems," said the Italian Space Agency in a 2017 statement announcing the mission.

PRISMA was designed and manufactured by an Italian consortium led by OHB ITALIA SpA and LEONARDO SpA. This is the third Vega mission of 2019 and the 14th since the launcher began operations at Guiana in 2012, Arianespace said in a statement.

Alternate Names

  • 44072
  • Precursore Iperspettrale della Missione Applicativa

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2019-03-22
Launch Vehicle: Vega
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Italy)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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