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Proba was launched as a technology demonstrator within ESAâ€™s General Support Technology Programme. Once in orbit, however, the small satelliteâ€™s unique capabilities and performance made it evident that it could make big contributions to science.
Proba-3 is the third in ESA's series of missions for validating developments in space systems while carrying an 'added value' user payload which can directly benefit from the innovations under test.
In orbit for three and a half years now, ESA's smallest Earth Observation satellite is making a big contribution to science. Proba applications range from studying land vegetation to water quality monitoring, assessing productivity of Italian vineyards, even helping hunt for meteorite impact craters.
The Millau viaduct, newly inaugurated by President Jacques Chirac, is now the world's tallest road bridge. It stands high above the Tarn valley in France's Massif Central mountains, as seen in this 11 December satellite image from ESA's Proba.
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