Last week, EOS Data Analytics, founded by serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Max Polyakov, successfully launched the first satellite of the world’s first agro-oriented EOS SAT constellation.
The launch of EOS SAT-1 took place as part of the SpaceX Transporter-6 mission, and it was successfully delivered into a low Earth orbit by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The satellite made contact and transmitted telemetry, which confirms the start of its work in orbit.
The device was built and equipped with two high-precision DragonEye cameras by the Ukrainian-South African space optics manufacturer Dragonfly Aerospace, the satellite engine was developed by the Ukrainian company SETS (Space Electric Thruster Systems), and the Flight Control Propulsion company provided 3-D printing of parts and manufacturing of elements of the body.
The EOS SAT constellation will help fight climate change and ensure food safety. EOS SAT-1 monitors up to one million square kilometers daily. Thus, representatives of agribusiness will be able to monitor crop growth; optimize their input use based on productivity and vegetation maps; test the effectiveness of new crop protection products or fertilizers; etc.
In total, the EOS SAT agro-constellation will have seven small optical satellites. The launch of all EOS SAT satellites is planned to be completed by 2025. After that, the constellation will monitor up to 12 million square kilometers on a daily basis and cover up to 100% of countries with the largest areas of farmlands and forestlands, amounting to 98.5% of such lands across the globe.
We remind that EOS Data Analytics was founded by Max Polyakov in 2016 and was one of the first to join the patronage companies of the NGO «Association Noosphere». The company’s specialists participate in our initiatives as mentors, judges and speakers. Thus, thanks to the professional competences and experience of EOSDA specialists, the participants of the annual space hackathon NASA Space Apps Challenge in Dnipro finalize and improve their projects. We wish EOSDA further space achievements and look forward to the launches of the next satellites.