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Spanish artificial satellite with more resolution
20 June 2014 @ 14:36

 

      At 21:11 p.m.,  last night, a Dnepr rocket taking off from the base Yasny, in Russia, with a total of 37 satellites on board, among which was the Deimos 2, the Spanish Earth observation satellite artificial, with higher resolution released to date.

      

      Developed by the company Elecnor Deimos in Puertollano in collaboration with the South Korean company Satrec, the Deimos 2 is able to produce images with a maximum resolution of 75 centimeters, per pixel, from its orbit 620 kilometers high, which allow it to cover more than 150,000 square kilometers of our planet, every day.

      Its goal is to obtain data and images for governments and corporations in the areas of agriculture, environment, climate change, crisis management, civil protection, defense, intelligence, and border control.

      Deimos 2 will send their data to the ground, by three stations located in Puertollano, Nubik (Canada), and Svalbard (Sweden); procedures are designed so that, whoever has requested images or data from the satellite, can receive them no later than two hours since these have been captured.

      The new satellite joins to Deimos 1, which, with a maximum resolution of 22 meters per pixel, has been running since 2009 and it is expected to be in service for at least five years more.

      The Deimos 1 is used to aerial larger images, while Deimos 2 may obtain finer details of smaller areas.

      With a development cost of about 60 million euros, it is expected to Deimos 2 to function for at least seven years, but if all goes well, it is very likely that, like its predecessor, it last longer than that.

      Well, I think that it is very interesting that Spain can participate in the Space Race.

      Till soon, kind regards,

Luis.

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