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