EOS SAT-1 is an optical Earth observation satellite manufactured by Dragonfly Aerospace that is equipped with two state-of-the-art DragonEye cameras that can monitor up to 1,000,000 km² per day.
The satellite is one of seven in the first agriculture-focused satellite constellation. EOS SAT-1 is designed to support the implementation of sustainable agriculture methods and forestland monitoring with high-quality data and analysis.
The satellite's engine was designed by SETS (Space Electric Thruster Systems), while Flight Control Propulsion ensured the 3D printing of components and manufacturing of the satellite’s body elements. EOS SAT-1 makes use of the Neuraspace space traffic management (STM) platform for conjunction analysis and receiving manoeuvre suggestions.
With the integration of the STM platform, EOS SAT-1 will benefit from enhanced capabilities to autonomously manoeuvre and avoid potential collisions with other objects in space. This safeguards the satellite and contributes to the overall reduction of space debris — a growing concern in space.
EOS SAT-1 is designed to observe the Earth's surface in optical and infrared spectrums and is the first satellite of the constellation tasked explicitly with monitoring agricultural and forest lands. Images from EOS SAT-1 can deliver valuable information for harvest monitoring, such as soil moisture, yield prediction, and biomass levels, as well as applications such as mapping, seasonal planning, and infrastructure monitoring.
The data gathered will help in preventing the excessive use of pesticides and fertilisers, reducing food waste, addressing the effects of climate change on agricultural and forest lands, and assisting policymakers in making informed decisions based on the obtained satellite data to mitigate the food crisis.
Dragonfly Aerospace will acquire the imagery data using four ground stations in different parts of the world to ensure the finest output.
500 km LEO (Low Earth Orbit)
3 January 2023
2 x DragonEye Cameras