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EOS Data Analytics to launch agri-focused satellite constellation

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EOS SAT is the first agri-focused satellite constellation among remote sensing companies powered by EOS Data Analytics (EOSDA), a global provider of satellite imagery analytics. The constellation is designed to support the implementation of sustainable agriculture methods and environmental monitoring of forestlands by providing high-quality data for analysis.

The constellation will consist of 7 small optical (178 kg) satellites flying on a low Earth sun-synchronous orbit and generating panchromatic and multispectral imagery. By 2025 when all satellites are deployed, EOS SAT will cover 100% of countries with the largest areas of farmlands and forestlands, amounting to 98.5% of such lands across the globe. The constellation will monitor around 8.6 – 9.4 million km2 daily; there is a technical capability to increase the coverage to 12 million km2.

End-users will be able to request analytics results in 16 – 24 hours from the moment of data generation. In addition, the data cycle can be shortened up to three hours within a prioritised tasking.

EOS SAT will assist agribusinesses in monitoring crop growth and detecting issues threatening crops, such as heat, cold, water stress, weed spread, and pest attacks. Clients will also be able to optimise input use based on productivity and vegetation maps, test the effectiveness of new crop protection products or fertilizers, avoid unnecessary field inspections and thus reducing fuel use, manage irrigation, estimate yields, and more.

The seven-satellite constellation will generate imagery of the same territories every 5 – 6 days. Also, daily revisits of specific areas will be available on customer demand through field-level tasking. Generating imagery within country-level tasks may take up to 4 days, as the timing depends on a state’s area, geographical location, and the length of a satellite’s orbit above the surface of the area of interest. The EOSDA team can also solve anomaly detection tasks within a day.

EOS SAT satellite cameras will capture imagery using agri-related bands: RGB, 2 NIR channels, 3 RedEdge channels, WaterVapor, Aerosol, Pan, and SWIR. EOS SAT-1 will have 11 spectral bands, excluding SWIR. EOS SAT-2 and the following satellites will have 13 (two extra SWIR) bands.

The deployment of the first satellite, EOS SAT-1, is scheduled for 2023. The other six satellites are expected to reach orbit in 2023 – 2024.

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