Madrid, 30 July 2012. Deimos-1, the first Spanish Earth-observation satellite and the first 100%-privately funded European satellite, celebrated the third anniversary of its 2009 launch yesterday on Sunday, 29 July. The satellite, which is owned by Elecnor and operated by its technological division Elecnor Deimos, has travelled around the Earth approximately 15,900 times during those three years. This represents a cumulative journey of over 703 million kilometres, which is more than 1,700 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon and almost five times the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
During that time, the satellite has recorded a total of 13,700 large-scale images, covering an area of 1.45 billion km2 - equivalent to 2.8 times the total surface area of the Earth. These high-resolution images are particularly ideal for obtaining territorial information that is applied in a variety of different fields of activity: agriculture, the environment, climate change, safety, deforestation, management of water resources and supporting the management of crises arising from natural disasters.
Deimos-1’s advanced capabilities have resulted in its participation in a number of major international projects. Currently, and for the third consecutive year, the satellite is taking part in the EU and ESA’s (European Space Agency) GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) programme, covering sub-Saharan Africa. Back in 2010 Deimos-1 was employed on another ESA project, carrying out a complete inventory of the world’s tropical forests.
Additionally, Elecnor Deimos has renewed its agreement with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a second year, to identify and monitor cultivation and harvests in the Contiguous United States.
The recent events that have been followed via the images provided by Deimos-1 include:
It should also be noted that Deimos-1 was the first satellite to provide the United Nations with images of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, thereby assisting the rescue efforts.
The range of services currently offered by the Deimos-1 satellite will be completed by those provided by Deimos-2, which is to be Elecnor Deimos’s second Earth-observation satellite. The new satellite, which will incorporate a number of significant advances, will be able to capture images of the Earth at a resolution up to 400 times higher than those provided by its predecessor.
A total investment of 60 million euros is anticipated for the development, construction, launch and setup of Deimos-2.
The new satellite’s launch is scheduled for the end of 2013 and will be controlled from the satellite-integration centre in Puertollano (Ciudad Real), which is to be opened at the end of this year. The antenna will be installed in September, and with this piece of equipment, which has a diameter of nearly 11 metres, the ground team will be able to contact Deimos-2 and also receive data from other satellites, including Deimos-1.
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