(3 July 2014) Deimos-2, Spain’s first ultra-high resolution satellite launched into orbit on 19 June, has started capturing its first images just 12 hours after it was brought on line.
Deimos-2, which was launched from the launch site at Yasny (Russia), was developed by Elecnor Deimos in a record time of just three years. The company built an innovative Satellite Integration and Operations Centre in Puertollano (Spain) to assemble and subsequently control Deimos-2. As a result, this project completes Elecnor Deimos’ presence in the entire value chain for space missions. Elecnor Deimos has the capability to manage entire space programs: design, integrate, validate, launch and operate Earth observation satellites; use them for commercial purposes and develop them for third parties.
The first images taken by the satellite are of San Francisco (USA) and of Qatar’s capital city, Doha, showing its avenues and the development that will be built there for the 2022 World Cup. Link
Over the next seven years, Deimos-2 will take shots down to a resolution of 75 cm, and is capable of capturing images of 150,000 Km2/day in the RGB; NIR and panchromatic bands. Images will be taken at the request of customers for use in agriculture, the environment, climate change, crisis control and emergencies, fires and floods, civil protection, defence, intelligence and border control.
About Elecnor Deimos
Elecnor Deimos is Elecnor’s technological area that specialises in engineering solutions in the aerospace, information systems and telecommunications sectors. The company is structured into four business units: Remote Sensing (responsible for operating the Deimos-1 satellite); Aerospace, Defence & Systems; Aeronautics; and Satellite Systems (managing the Puertollano Satellite Integration and Operations Centre and the Deimos-2 project).
Elecnor develops projects involving infrastructure, renewable energies and new technologies. It has 12,500 employees and operates in over 40 countries.
(source: Elecnor Deimos)