Mission typeEarth observation
OperatorBolivarian Agency for Space Activities
COSPAR ID2017-060A[1]
SATCAT no.42954
Mission duration5 years
Spacecraft properties
BusCAST 2000
ManufacturerChina Great Wall Industry Corporation
China Academy of Space Technology
Launch mass975 kilograms (2,150 lb) at launch
Start of mission
Launch date09 October 2017, 04:12 (2017-10-09UTC04:12Z) UTC
RocketChang Zheng 2D
Launch siteJiuquan LA-4/SLS-2
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Regimelow earth orbit[1]
Perigee altitude634.6 kilometres (394.3 mi)[1]
Apogee altitude663.7 kilometres (412.4 mi)[1]

VRSS-2 (Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite-2), also known as (Satellite) Antonio José de Sucre, is the second Venezuelan remote sensing satellite, and the third Venezuelan satellite after VRSS-1. It will be used to study Venezuelan territory and support planning, agriculture and disaster recovery. It was built and launched by the Chinese and has been named after Venezuelan revolutionary Antonio Jose de Sucre.


The satellite was built after a contract between Venezuela and China was signed in Caracas on 05 Oct 2014,[2] and follows from their previous collaboration on VRSS-1 Miranda Remote Sensing Satellite. The contract, worth $170 million USD, The main contractor is China Great Wall Industry Corporation and the satellite is based on the CAST 2000 bus developed by the China Academy of Space Technology.

The satellite contains two different cameras, High Resolution Camera (HRC) and Infrared Camera (IRC). The highest resolution band 0.98 mt GSD in panchromatic, and 4 mts GSD in multispectral. The Infrared cameras have a resolution of (Long Wave) 60 mts and (Short Wave) 30 mts GSD, totaling 10 spectral bands.

The satellite passes over Venezuela three or four times every 24 hours, covering the same area in 101 days at Nadir. Is operated from the Base Aeroespacial Capitán Manuel Ríos in El Sombrero, Guárico state by Venezuela's Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities, design life span (5 years)


The satellite was launched October 9, 2017 at 4:12 UTC from Jiuquan Launch Centre in P.R China by a Long March 2D rocket, into a Sun Synchronous Descending Orbital node at 10:30am low earth orbit. It was given the international designator 2017-060A and United States Space Command Satellite Catalog Number 42954.[3]


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "VRSS-2 Real Time Tracking". n2yo. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Firma del Contrato Satélite Antonio José de Sucre (Vrss-2)". ABAE. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  3. ^ NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive

External links

  • VRSS 2 (Antonio José de Sucre) Launch Amateur Catalog
  • Satélite VRSS-2 "Antonio José de Sucre" será lanzado próximamente TV Station Web News