Earth Observation Mission News
SSTL's DMC Constellation demonstrates 1-metre capability
16 September 2015
The first 1-metre high resolution optical satellite imagery from the DMC3/TripleSat Constellation satellites has been released. This follows the successful launch of the three Earth Observation mini-satellites on an Indian PSLV in July and in-orbit commissioning and calibration by engineers from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL).
The very high resolution imager on board the satellites provides 1-metre native ground sampling distance (GSD) in panchromatic mode and 4-metre GSD in multispectral mode with a swath width of 24km.
Sir Martin Sweeting, SSTL's founder and Chief Executive, welcomed a comment from Dave Parker, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, who said "Congratulations to SSTL on the acquisition of these one metre resolution images of our planet from the DMC3 constellation - a real demonstration of technical precision. SSTL's expertise in small satellites plays a major role in the space sector's £3.6bn contribution to the UK economy through exports."
The Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Company Ltd (21AT), a commercial Earth observation satellite operator based in Beijing, has bought 100% of the imaging capacity of the three satellites for 7 years to provide their satellite data services from the TripleSat Constellation. 21AT will also create new applications for customers and business opportunities for worldwide partners through its operational information services powered by the TripleSat Constellation.
Image credit: SSTL - DMC-3 image of Athens Olympic stadium