Friday, June 20, 2014

Video: Spain's ultra-high resolution spy satellite fully operational

Spain's first ultra-high resolution satellite, Deimos-2, was successfully launched into Earth orbit Thursday from the Yasny launch base in Russia.

"The satellite will improve our knowledge of natural phenomena, both manmade and natural, that take place on Earth and helps prevent and manage natural catastrophes," Elecnor Deimos said in a company press release. Elecnor Deimos built Deimos-2 in partnership with Satrec Initiative of South Korea.

"This panchromatic and multispectral satellite, which weighs 300 kilograms and measures 1.5 x 2 meters, incorporates a camera that achieves high precision and detailed images of Earth, with a resolution of 75 centimeters," Elecnor Deimos said.

The satellite is expected to have an operational lifetime of seven years, participating in projects in the following fields: agriculture, environment, climate change, crisis control and civil protection (fires and floods), as well as defense, intelligence and border control.

With regard to the integration and control of the mission, Elecnor Deimos has developed the Puertollano Satellite Integration and Operations Centre (Ciudad Real), a complex for integrating and managing its own and third-party satellites. The company 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.

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