The action should occur between 2022 and 2024 via a Vega and Vega C launch vehicles. PLATiNO 1 and 2 are Earth Observation (EO) SSO smallsats. 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 all-Italian platform suitable for a wide set of applications that 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 has been 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 has been designed to support a wide range of missions in different operational scenarios supporting from EO to telecommunications and scientific missions.
This platform ensures a reduction of development and operational costs within a frame of an extremely competitive market and supports a strategic placement of the Italian industries in a sector where new space systems, such as megaconstellations, are increasing in number.
“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.”