Sustainable Agriculture With Agro Constellation EOS SAT
On December 8, 2022, EOS Data Analytics, a global provider of AI-powered satellite imagery analytics, hosted a free webinar dedicated to the launch of EOS SAT, the world’s first agri-focused satellite constellation launched by a company utilizing remote sensing technologies.
The webinar was focused on the technical characteristics and business benefits of EOS SAT and the ways it will help mitigate the negative effects of climate change and reach a more sustainable future.
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Various space enthusiasts, environmentalists, input suppliers, agritech developers, government entities, insurance providers, food producers, financial organizations, and educational communities attended this online event.
The following speakers had been presenting during the webinar:
- Rim Elijah, VP of Sales at EOSDA
- Vera Petryk, Chief Marketing Officer at EOSDA
- Vladimir Verbonol, Chief Product Officer at EOSDA
- Oleksandr Kryvoshein, Senior Researcher at EOSDA
The webinar began with an introduction to EOSDA, highlighting its size, past successes, current products, and capabilities. The company has spent years addressing challenges in various sectors, including agriculture technologies, input supply, insurance, food production, banking, and governmental services. The common obstacles faced by these industries include inefficient systems for recording fieldwork, high costs of farming and ag inputs, and lack of reliable data at an affordable cost.
EOS SAT, the world’s first agri-focused satellite constellation among companies utilizing remote sensing technologies, was presented as a solution to these challenges. Comprising seven small satellites, EOS SAT provides high-resolution panchromatic and multispectral imagery, covering all agricultural regions with a 5-6 day revisit rate. The goal of EOSDA is to leverage this technology to implement precision agriculture methods, thereby mitigating climate change without financial losses.
The webinar highlighted the advantages of EOS SAT over similar satellite constellations. While other satellites suffer from low resolution, poor performance in cloudy weather, public data, inability to task specific areas, limited revisit dates, high costs, limited spectral bands, and limited capacity, EOS SAT overcomes these limitations. It provides EOSDA with high-quality imagery and data for agropurposes, which the company’s team of skilled data scientists and engineers will then integrate into its solutions to produce even more accurate business insights.
The discussion then shifted to the scientific aspects of EOS SAT. The constellation is agro-focused due to its high spectral, spatial and temporal resolutions, and the ability to obtain biophysical parameters that can be used in biophysical models. This significantly increases the accuracy of crop yield estimation. With EOS SAT, such scientific methods of satellite monitoring as productivity indices, Leaf Area Index (LAI), biophysical models, and machine learning algorithms can be applied for more precise crop classification and yield prediction.
EOS SAT can provide data for all current and future indices available on the EOSDA Crop Monitoring platform. For example, the Irrigation Index (II) will soon be provided as a product of biophysical modeling using new satellite data, helping to determine water stress at the field level. The constellation will also boost CO2 decreasing initiatives by providing higher accuracy for CO2 soil sequestration.
The speakers also outlined how EOS SAT will help farmers solve their problems. It will enable more precise identification of problem areas, monitor the overuse of fertilizers and pesticides, and provide cloud masks for more accurate field state analysis.
EOSDA’s mission and vision, with a focus on sustainability, were reiterated. The company aims to shape a new sustainable approach to agriculture by aligning with six pillars of the UN SDGs framework. The speakers shared the environmental cases the company’s products were involved in that highlight the importance of sustainable practices and demonstrate how satellite monitoring can help. EOS Data Analytics Academic Outreach Program was also mentioned, which offers access to the company’s AI-powered geospatial data analytics tools to students, researchers, and scientists.
Finally, the webinar covered the business and technical aspects of EOS SAT, sharing details on the complete cycle from satellite assembly to data processing. The constellation’s technical characteristics and design peculiarities will enable the company to offer its clients a proprietary source of high-quality satellite data at a lower cost, and use more bands to produce more specific analytics. A comparison table was presented to demonstrate how EOS SAT satellites differ among similar spacecraft.
In conclusion, the webinar provided an in-depth look at the potential of EOS SAT to revolutionize sustainable agriculture and environmental monitoring. With its unique capabilities, EOS SAT is set to make a significant impact in these fields.