On Jan. 3, 2023, the first of seven satellites launched from the SpaceX launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida. What is unique about this satellite is its focus on gathering agricultural data.
EOS Data Analytics collaborated with Dragonfly Aerospace on the satellites to focus on image data that can be used for harvest monitoring, crop growth, detecting heat, cold, water stress, weed spread, pest attacks, application mapping, soil moisture, yield prediction and biomass levels. This data will support growers with efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and help them develop sustainable agricultural methods without financial losses.
Dragonfly Aerospace manufactures satellite buses to deliver electro-optical and small satellites with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) payloads, which provides high-quality, wide-spectrum Earth observations for a wide range of scientific, civil and commercial needs.
EOS SAT-1 was designed and manufactured in Stellenbosch, South Africa. It will remain in low Earth orbit for its duration. After launch of all satellites (projected by 2025), EOS SAT will cover up to 100% of countries with the largest areas of farmlands and forestlands, amounting to 98.5% of such lands across the globe.