EOS to launch agriculture-focused satellite constellation

16-03 | |
Photo: EOSDA
Photo: EOSDA

EOS Data Analytics (EOSDA), a satellite imagery analytics provider, announced plans to launch seven optical EOS SAT satellites into a LEO (Low Earth orbit) by the year 2024. One of the key objectives of the new satellite constellation will be monitoring of farmlands, making this project the first of its kind oriented towards agriculture.

The EOS SAT satellites will feature 1.4 m panchromatic and 2.8 m multispectral Ground Sample Distance (resolution), 11 band channels, and a swath width of up to 40 km. According to EOS data Analytics, the unique set of band channels utilised will precisely reflect agricultural needs.

The constellation will also allow for a 3 day revisit time all around the globe. Each satellite is designed for a five-year work span.

Crop monitoring

The EOSDA farming platform includes features such as crop health monitoring, crop classification, growth comparison, soil moisture estimation and weather prediction. It also offers:

  • Near-real-time data with five to seven more frequent satellite fly-over times per week;
  • Image resolutions two to eight times higher than commonly used for agri monitoring satellites;
  • Proprietary data for in-house agriculture models to increase processing speed;
  • Exclusive image rights for specific areas.

First satellites launched early 2022

The project is divided into three stages: 2022, 2023, and 2024. The first satellites are projected to launch in early 2022, with subsequent hardware updates in the following years.

Claver
Hugo Claver Web editor for Future Farming