EOS Data Analytics (EOSDA), a satellite imagery analytics provider, announced plans to launch seven optical EOS AGRISAT satellites into a LEO (Low Earth orbit) by the year 2025. By launching its own satellite imaging constellation, the company aims to establish a full satellite data production vertical – from direct imagery collection to processing, analysis and delivery.
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. With these new satellites, EOS Data Analytics will increase the accessibility and accuracy of its satellite monitoring features. It will also help address pressing global challenges, such as climate change, land degradation, environmental threats, and more.
“Agriculture in the twenty-first century stands to benefit immensely from adopting new space technologies, helping the industry tackle issues like land use, soil maintenance, and climate change,’’ said EOS Data Analytics CEO, Artyom Anisimov. “Our new satellite constellation is perfectly poised to be a trailblazer and leader in this arena.’’
Performing fields analytics based on relevant satellite data to ensure effective decision-making!
The EOS AGRISAT 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. The unique set of band channels utilized 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.
“Boosting food production in the age of rapid climate change will require adhering to sustainable agriculture principles,” said EOSDA Founder Max Polyakov. “Without reliable data and analytics, that objective becomes almost impossible to achieve. We are set to provide farmers with the data required to meet that goal.”
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 2025. The first satellites are projected to launch in early 2022, with subsequent hardware updates in the following years.
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