Disaster Monitoring Constellation - Satellite Design and Operational Concept

Abstract:

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has been developing affordable microsatellites for over 20 years. The capability of these microsatellites has improved at a phenomenal rate over these years and they are now able to meet the demanding operational requirements of both commercial and governmental organisations. The successful launch of AlSat-1 in November 2002 heralded the start of operations of the disaster monitoring constellation (DMC). A second launch in September 2003 has placed an additional three satellites into the constellation. The talk will cover the technology used within the DMC satellites, the satellite design and the operational concept for the constellation. Example images and application results will be shown including some early images from the UK's own DMC satellite.