Earth Observation Mission News
Aalto-1 satellite sends first image
27 July 2017
Launched on the morning of 23 June from India, the Aalto-1 satellite's first month in space has gone according to plan.
'We have run checks on the majority of the satellite's systems and found that the devices are fully functional,' Aalto University's Professor Jaan Praks, who is heading the satellite project, explains.
'We have also downloaded the first image sent by Aalto-1, which is also the first ever image taken from a Finnish satellite. It was taken while on orbit over Norway at an altitude of about 500 kilometres. The image shows the Danish coast as well as a portion of the Norwegian coastline.
The photograph was taken by the secondary camera for the VTT-developed hyperspectral camera. The secondary camera faces the same direction as the main hyperspectral camera, but it has a slightly broader view angle to support, the analysis of the hyperspectral camera's images.
Image credit: Aalto University / VTT - The image shows the Danish coast as well as a portion of the Norwegian coastline.