by Richard Tomkins
Paris (UPI) Apr 25, 2013
France and Peru signed a bilateral agreement Friday for the building and launch of Peru's first optical satellite system, the French Ministry of Defense said.
The satellite is for use by Peru's Ministry of Defense, with Airbus Defense and Space performing the work.
"This agreement covers the supply of an optical high resolution satellite, a ground control, reception and image processing segment, as well as a comprehensive training program," France said. The project will allow Peru to have a tool that will help increase its sovereignty and security with the support of France, to accompany the implementation of the program in accordance with the agreement."
Airbus Defense and Space, in a separate announcement, said the satellite program will be based on its Astrobus platform, using technologies that combine performance, rapid construction and value for money. The system also benefits from the expertise developed by Airbus Defense and Space in the field of silicone carbide space structures and instruments.
"With this first satellite system, Peru will acquire space capability at a very high level, and we are delighted to have been selected for our technology and expertise, particularly in the field of silicon carbide," said François Auque, Head of Space Systems at the company.
The satellite is to be delivered in 2016.
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