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SEOSAT-Ingenio [Astrium]

SEOSAT-Ingenio is the first Spanish Earth-observation satellite and the first to be built by a consortium of industries of the Spanish space sector.

It is a satellite system with a 7-year lifetime mission, equipped with an image optical instrument with 2.5 meter resolution in black and white and 10 meter resolution in colour, combining the best of Thales Alenia Space due to its extensive experience in the field of optical observation of the Earth.

The payload consists of:

  • Multispectral imager (MS)
  • Panchromatic Imager (PAN)
  • Ultraviolet and Visible Atmospheric Sounder (UVAS)

The main purpose of the SEOSAT-INGENIO mission is to ensure an even coverage of the areas of national interest, providing a large operational capability in the capture of high-resolution images for numerous user groups, as well as supporting and optimising the development in Spain of teledetection-based applications.

This Spanish Earth observation satellite system will provide a response to the growing need for teledetection data, providing Spain with:

  • Full autonomy and independence in image capture
  • Applications in fields such as security
  • Land management
  • Natural resource management
  • Prevention of natural catastrophes.

Ingenio was originally planned to be ready for launch for the end of 2016, but was delayed to late 2019 or early 2020. It is baselined for a launch on a Vega booster, but is also compatible with Dnepr, PSLV-CA, Rokot-KM and Soyuz. In 2018, a launch contract for a Vega launch in 2019 has been signed.

The satellite was launched on 17 November 2020, but failed to reach orbit due to an issue with the Vega upper stage.

Nation: Spain
Type / Application: Earth observation,
Operator: Hisdesat
Contractors: EADS Astrium → Airbus Defence and Space
Equipment: MS, PAN, UVAS
Configuration: AstroSat-250
Propulsion: ?
Power: 3 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 7 years
Mass: 840 kg
Orbit: 668 km SSO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SEOSAT-Ingenio 2020-F09 17.11.2020 Ko ELV F Vega with TARANIS

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