The “National Advanced Optical System” (NAOS) satellite manufactured by OHB Italia for the Luxembourg’s Directorate of Defence  will be launched by a Vega (Vega or Vega C) launcher. The satellite will be launched in 2022 from Kourou Space Center, in French Guyana.

The satellite, built by OHB Italia, will weight around 600 kg at launch, will be positioned in a sun-synchronous orbit at about 500 km and will have a nominal service life of at least 7 years.

Designed to meet governmental and military needs, NAOS, a high-resolution satellite, will provide global coverage thanks to its ability to take more than 100 pictures per day. The data collected by the satellite will allow Luxembourg to play a more active role in the defense efforts of Europe and NATO (North-Atlantic Treaty Organization).

Giulio Ranzo, CEO of Avio, stated: “I am very proud about this new contract: Vega has been chosen once again for a strategic mission involving OHB Italia, Luxembourg and Arianespace. This contract further confirms the quality of our product”.

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