EROS B [ImageSat Int.]
In order to address market demand for faster revisit of EROS (Earth Resources Observation Systems B) satellites, ImageSat has purchased the EROS B satellite, which is scheduled for launch during the first quarter of 2006.
Similar in appearance to EROS A, the new satellite has superior capabilities, including a larger camera of CCD/TDI type (Charge Coupled Device/Time Delay Integration), with standard panchromatic resolution of 0.70 m at an altitude of about 500 km, a larger on-board recorder, improved pointing accuracy and a faster data communication link. It is based on the military Ofeq 5 type satellites.
The designed lifespan of the EROS B is ten years, but ImageSat expect it to work for 14 years.
Originally a constellation of 4 EROS B satellite was planned, but has been reduced to just one. It was to be supplemented by EROS C in 2009, but the launch of this satellite has been delayed.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation|
|Operator:||ImageSat International (ISI)|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||503 km × 512 km, 97.32°|
|EROS B||2006-014A||25.04.2006||Sv LC-5||Start-1|
|EROS B2||-||cancelled||Sv LC-5||Start-1|
|EROS B3||-||cancelled||Sv LC-5||Start-1|
|EROS B4||-||cancelled||Sv LC-5||Start-1|