According to EOS Data Analytics (EOSDA), the Ukrainian Earth observation satellite EOS SAT-1, which was launched on January 3, 2023 as part of Transporter-6‘s mission, transmitted telemetry and systems health data confirming its launch into orbit.
As a reminder, EOS SAT-1 is the first satellite of the EOS SAT constellation, the world’s first group of satellites focused on meeting the needs of agriculture. The EOS SAT constellation is being built by the Ukrainian satellite analytics company EOS Data Analytics, which is part of the space cluster, financial and marketing projects of Noosphere, founded by an entrepreneur from Zaporizhzhia Maks Polyakov.
EOS SAT-2 and subsequent constellation satellites are expected to enter orbit during 2023-2024. The achievement of the full operational potential of the EOS SAT group is planned for 2025.
Today, most companies that process satellite images are forced to deal with data from satellites of third-party companies, which makes them dependent on the quality of satellite sensors, the frequency of shooting and other parameters that they do not control. Focused specifically on the needs of the agricultural industry, EOS SAT will provide unprecedented amounts of data for EOSDA as often and in detail as the company’s customers require.
“This launch creates revolutionary new opportunities for the application of satellite technologies for the agricultural industry. EOSDA will now work with its own data sets to provide even deeper and more accurate analytics for its customers and partners,” says Artem Anisimov, CEO at EOS Data Analytics.
The South African company Dragonfly Aerospace, which also belongs to Maks Polyakov, is engaged in the construction of EOS SAT series satellites and equipping them with high-quality 13-channel space cameras.
“We’re excited to be the technology partner for EOS SAT, the first commercial constellation tailored specifically to agriculture needs. The demand for high-performance, compact and lightweight satellites keeps growing each year providing a great market for our imaging products. At the same time, it is great to have a customer with such a clear focus on addressing issues that are key to the sustainability of life on the planet. Having an agri-focused set of sensors, EOS SAT will collect the data that can actually help decision makers take care of the Earth and maintain its biodiversity while providing food security for its many people,” comments Bryan Dean, CEO and co-founder of Dragonfly Aerospace.
The Ukrainian SETS company was engaged in the design and production of Hall effect space engines, electrostatic plasma rocket engines for EOS SAT-1 (Space Electric Thruster Systems) from Dnipro. Ukrainian Flight Control Propulsion, again from Dnipro, provided 3D printing of parts and manufacturing of elements of the body.
That is, EOS SAT-1 is a clear example of international cooperation, which involves specialists from at least three Ukrainian high-tech companies, from South Africa and the USA. Moreover, all this was done to the order of a Ukrainian company. It seems that there is something to be proud of.
We will remind, together with EOS SAT-1 during the SpaceX Transporter-6 mission the PolyITAN-HP-30 nanosatellite, created in National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, was launched into orbit, but the university’s official website has not yet reported on the communication sessions with the satellite.