09/28/2020 Eight years ago, thanks to China-Venezuela cooperation, our VRSS-1 “Francisco de Miranda” was on orbit
09/28/2020 Eight years ago, thanks to the China-Venezuela cooperation, our Earth observation satellite “Francisco de Miranda” was put into orbit. We congratulate all the personnel who have made it possible to contribute to the development of our Homeland, through technological sovereignty.
VRSS-1, also known as Francisco Miranda, is the first Venezuelan remote sensing satellite, and the second Venezuelan satellite after VENESAT-1. It will be used to study the territory of Venezuela and help with planning, agriculture and disaster recovery.
A Chinese rocket on Saturday successfully launched a Venezuelan earth-observation satellite into orbit, state media said.
The satellite, dubbed “Generalissimo Francisco de Miranda” after the major Venezuelan independence figure, was launched from the northwest Jiuquan base in the Gobi desert using a ‘Long March’ class rocket.
The launch comes four years after the first-ever Venezuelan satellite, named “Simon Bolivar” , which was built with Chinese help, was also put into orbit using a Chinese rocket.
Launch date: September 29, 2012, 6:12 AM GMT+2
Speed on orbit: 7.5 km/s
Cost: 67.8 million USD (2012)
Launch site: Jiuquan Launch Area 4
Rocket: Long March 2D
Manufacturers: China Academy of Space Technology, China Great Wall Industry Corporation