The proliferation of high resolution space imagery is
providing all governments with access to unprecedented intelligence
information, which was previously the privileges of the few. However,
response time provided by commercial services left much to be desired.
Based on the Ofeq 3 spy satellite, built by Israel Aircraft Industries,
and the space camera payload, developed by Elbit/ElOp, the Cyprus based ImageSat
International is offering imagery gathered by the Eros A satellite under an innovative
time-sharing scheme that enables partners to "own" the satellite when it
passes over their region. When the client is in control, they can
the payload to look at the locations of interest, and choose the appropriate
operational mode most suitable for the mission. They also receive,
decode and interpret the data exclusively, which ensures the highest
security levels for such operations. Foreign sources have mentioned
Taiwan as one of the primary customers for the EROS A Satellite
Operation Partners. Foreign sources informed that Taipei can receive and
point the camera at any target they want, and receive instant imagery,
as the satellite over flies within a 1,000 kilometer from the island.
Left: IAI/MBT Eros A1 satellite is integrating the ElOp
high resolution camera.
EROS A has a planned
lifespan of ten years in orbit and is scheduled to remain in service
until 2010, when it will be replaced by the more advanced
EROS C satellite. Imagesat launched the second satellite, EROS B in April 2006.
EROS A and EROS B are part of ImageSat's vision of a constellation of
very high resolution satellites which are expected to include up to six EROS C
type spacecraft. IAI/MBT end Elbit/Elop are cooperating on the
development of this satellite.
|Eros A specifications:
polar (Sun Synchronous - SSO)
Asynchronous push broom