On cutting edge satellite camera technologies and misconceptions in NewSpace – with SATLANTIS

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Episode 10 of the Space Industry podcast is a discussion with SATLANTIS about the latest advances in Earth Observation (EO) technologies and optical payload performance.

In this episode we speak with Rafael Guzman founder and CTO of SATLANTIS, a Spanish business that develops Earth Observation (EO) optical payloads for small satellites around the world. We discuss:

  • The main selection criteria, and compromises, that need to be taken into account when choosing an optical payload.
  • How to link your application area and end-user requirements to the technical performance of the camera.
  • The misconceptions that engineers sometimes have about what an EO camera can do and how to select the ideal model for a new mission.
  • Some of the EO projects that SATLANTIS is currently working on and what state-of-the-art technologies and use cases are emerging.

About SATLANTIS’ products

The lightest and most compact optical payload of the iSIM family, purposely designed to fit 12U/16U CubeSat platforms. The iSIM-90 can achieve a GSD of less than 2 m from an altitude of 500 km and has a mass of less than 6 kg.

power consumption

17 W + heating

spectral band

PAN
RGB
NIR

ground sample distance

< 2 m @ 500 km

swath

13 km @ 500 km
26 km @ 500 km

The iSIM-170 has a total mass of 15 kg and can achieve sub-meter resolution from an altitude of 500 km. The payload includes the optical front-end as well as CMOS matrix detectors and an electronics sub-system for payload management and control.

power consumption

17 W + heating

spectral band

PAN
RGB
NIR

ground sample distance

< 1 m @ 500 km

swath

7.5 km @ 500 km
15 km @ 500 km

A 15 kg VNIR and SWIR camera that operates in the spectral range of 450-1700 nm and can achieve a resolution of < 2.5 m in the SWIR range. The payload includes the optical front-end, with one channel assigned to VNIR and the other channel to SWIR.

power consumption

17 W + heating

spectral band

PAN
RGB
NIR
SWIR

ground sample distance

< 1 m @ 500 km (VIS)
< 5 m @ 500 km (IR)

swath

7.5 km @ 500 km

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newspace
optical payload
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