LIMA – The first images from the PeruSAT-1 Earth observation satellite have been received at the CNOIS satellite operations center in Lima, the defense ministry said Friday.
PeruSAT 1, which orbits Earth at an altitude of 694 kilometers (431 miles), captured views of the coastal region of Lambayeque and the Andean city of Ayacucho, among other locations
The satellite began transmitting on Sept. 20, five days after it was launched from the European Space Agency complex in French Guiana, the defense ministry said.
Experts at CNOIS are currently calibrating the satellite’s sensors and cameras and the spacecraft is due to be fully operations by early November.
PeruSAT-1, considered the most sophisticated observation satellite in Latin America, can see objects and features smaller than a meter (39 inches).
Officials say the satellite will provide useful data in areas such as national defense, agriculture and disaster prevention.
The satellite was built in France by Airbus Defense and Space with participation by Peru’s space agency, Conida.
PeruSAT-1 is part of the Submetric Satellite System, which under a 2014 agreement with France also encompassed construction of the CNOIS, a technology-transfer program and Peruvian access to images captured by other French satellites.