Proba-2 is flight-testing a total of 17 technology demonstrators for future ESA missions.
The Exploration Camera (X-Cam) is carried on the underside of Proba-2, one of 17 new technologies being tested by the mini-satellite. Observing in the visible and near-infrared with a 100 degree field-of–view, its monochrome images resemble what an astronaut might see if elevated to Proba-2’s 800 km orbit. This image shows southern Argentina including Buenos Aires (top left) and the Rio Negro river.
It also serves as a scientific platform for solar and space weather observations. Credits: ESA/Pierre Carril
X-Cam was designed by Swiss company Micro-Cameras & Space Exploration. It is the latest in a series of miniature cameras built by the company for previous ESA missions including Proba-1, SMART-1 and Rosetta.