On 25 April 2014, it was announced that Airbus Defence and Space has been selected as sole prime contractor to develop, construct and launch a high resolution Earth observation optical satellite system for Peru, with the support of the French government. It will be Peru’s first Earth observation satellite.
The contract covers the construction of the spacecraft and imaging payload, the ground control segment, image reception and a processing centre. The project also includes a complete training programme for Peruvian engineers and technicians including satellite operations for developing tailored imaging applications. The spacecraft bus will be based on the Airbus Astrobus platform and will include new innovative technology including using silicon carbide for its structure.