Project main steps
VENµS (Vegetation and Environment monitoring on a New Micro-Satellite) is the first cooperation between Israel and France for the Earth observation using a superspectral sensor, dedicated to vegetation monitoring. The Memorandum Of Understanding between CNES and ISA (Israeli Space Agency) was signed in April 2005. The satellite will be operational in 2016.
The VENµS satellite will use an IMPS micro-satellite platform (Improved Multi Purpose Satellite) of the IAI /MBT space division (Israeli Aerospace Industries).
VENµS scientific objective is the provision of data for scientific studies dealing with the monitoring, analysis, and modeling of land surface functioning under the influences of environmental factors as well as human activities. To fulfil this objective, VENµS will acquire every two days high resolution and superspectral images of predefined sites of interest all around the world.
Scientific mission requirements have been defined by CESBIO (France), Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) and CNES.
VENµS technological mission is aimed at validating the IHET (Israeli Hall Effect Thruster): qualification of the IHET thruster for low altitude station keeping and evaluation of the IHET performances in space.
CNES is responsible for supplying the superspectral camera and the science mission center.
ISA is responsible for the spacecraft, for the launcher interface and for the satellite control center.