Satellite imagery analytics provider EOS Data Analytics (EOSDA) will launch seven optical EOS SAT satellites into a low Earth orbit to monitor the world’s farmlands below by the year 2024. By launching the first ever satellite imaging constellation focused on agriculture, the company aims to establish a full satellite data production vertical – from direct imagery collection to processing, analysis and delivery.
With these new satellites, EOS Data Analytics will increase the accessibility and accuracy of its satellite monitoring features. It will also help address pressing global challenges, such as climate change, land degradation, environmental threats, and more.
“Boosting food production in the age of rapid climate change will require adhering to sustainable agriculture principles,” said EOSDA founder, Max Polyakov. “Without reliable data and analytics, that objective becomes almost impossible to achieve. We are set to provide farmers with the data required to meet that goal.”
The EOS SAT satellites will feature 1.4m panchromatic and 2.8m multispectral Ground Sample Distance (resolution), 11 band channels, and a swath width of up to 40km. The unique set of band channels utilised will precisely reflect agricultural needs.
The constellation will also allow for a three-day revisit time all around the globe. Each satellite is designed for a five-year work span.
The EOSDA farming platform includes features such as:
- crop health monitoring
- crop classification
- growth comparison
- soil moisture estimation
- weather prediction
It also offers near-real-time data with five to seven more frequent satellite fly-over times per week; image resolutions two to eight times higher than commonly used for agri monitoring satellites; proprietary data for in-house agriculture models to increase processing speed; and exclusive image rights for specific areas.
The project will be divided into three stages: 2022, 2023, and 2024. The first satellites are projected to launch in early 2022, with subsequent hardware updates in the following years.