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AlSat 2A, 2B

AlSat 2 [EADS Astrium]

EADS Astrium has signed in February 2006 a contract with the Algerian National Space Technology Centre (CNTS) for the development of the ALSAT-2 system, which consists of two optical observation satellites. ALSAT-2 is the first Earth observation satellite system from the AstroSat-100 family to be built using the Myriade platform.

The ALSAT-2 contract covers the design and development of two satellites. The first, ALSAT 2A, was integrated and tested in France at EADS Astrium, whereas the second, ALSAT 2B, was integrated in Algeria within the small satellite development center (UDPS) in Oran. The ALSAT-2 programme also includes the construction of two ground control segments and one image station allowing the satellites to be operated and controlled from Algerian territory.

ALSAT-2 is equipped with NAOMI (New AstroSat Optical Modular Instrument), a latest-generation payload capable of supplying images with a resolution of 2.5 meters in panchromatic mode and 10 meters in each of 4 colour bands in multispectral mode. It draws on EADS Astrium's extensive experience in Earth observation, most particularly with respect to the silicon carbide telescopes which are being integrated onto a Myriade class satellite platform which was designed in cooperation with CNES, the French Space agency.

The CNTS, affiliated with the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), will be responsible for managing the ALSAT-2 programme and operating the satellite system.

The system will enable Algeria to obtain very high quality images for use in a wide variety of applications: cartography, management of agriculture, forestry, water, mineral and oil resources, crop protection, management of natural disasters and land planning.

Nation: Algeria
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: Algerian Centre National des Techniques Spatiales (CNTS) → Agence Spatiale Algérienne (ASAL)
Contractors: EADS Astrium → Airbus Defence and Space
Equipment: NAOMI
Configuration: AstroSat-100 / Myriade
Power: Deployable solar array, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 116 kg (#2A); 110 kg (#2B)
Orbit: 672 km × 674 km, 98.23° (#2B)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
AlSat 2A 2010-035D 12.07.2010 Sr SLP PSLV-CA with Cartosat 2B, AISSat 1, STUDSAT, TIsat 1
AlSat 2B 2016-059D 26.09.2016 Sr FLP PSLV-G (3) with SCATSAT 1, AlSat 1B, BlackSky Pathfinder 1, Pratham, PISat, AlSat-Nano, CanX 7


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