SEOSAT-Ingenio, the new Spanish mission for high resolution terrestrial imaging, has an advanced twin camera capable of capturing images of the terrestrial surface with a resolution of 2.5 m. The satellite will benefit society through a wide range of disciplines such as cartography, agriculture and forestry, urban development and water management.
After arriving at the launch site in September, SEOSAT-Ingenio was subjected to a series of tests to verify correct operation. About two weeks ago, the satellite was loaded with propellant, transferred to the payload processing facility, and mounted on the Vega secondary payload adapter.
It was then encapsulated in the missile’s hood to protect it during the first part of the launch. The entire launch campaign team was present to bid farewell to the satellite before it was no longer visible.
Gianfranco Spinella from ESA points out: Encapsulation is an important step on the way to launch. From now on we no longer have physical or visual access to the satellite. That means you are ready to join the launcher on the platform, begin its long journey, and provide us with the images and data for which it was designed.
It was a very emotional moment for the entire team here at Kur, as well as for those who contributed to the mission and are still contributing to it and who could not be present. This step in the launch campaign is mainly the result of the excellent work of the main industrial company Airbus Defense and Space Espaa. We look forward to the start next week!
The next important step will take place today when SEOSAT-Ingenio switches to the launch pad. It will then go into orbit on November 16 with the Taranis satellite of the French National Center for Space Studies (CNES). SEOSAT-Ingenio will have a launch mass of approx. 750 kg and will be in a heliosynchronous orbit at an altitude of approx. 670 km.
SEOSAT-Ingenio is a Spanish national mission, but the result of an international collaboration. It is funded by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and developed by ESA within the framework of the European Earth Observation Architecture.
Other partners are Airbus Defense and Space, the main contractor for the satellite, as well as SENER and INDRA, who are responsible for the payload and ground segments.
The information provided by SEOSAT-Ingenio is available to various civil, institutional and government users in Spain, but can also be used by other European users within the framework of the EU Copernicus program and the Global Earth Observation System (GEOSS). ) of the Earth Observation Group (GEO).
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