Disaster Monitoring Constellation was designed as a proof of concept constellation
designed to be capable of multispectral imaging of any part of the world every
day. Although its headline objective is to support the logistics of disaster
relief, its main function is to provide independent daily imaging capability
to the partner nations; Algeria, Nigeria, Turkey, UK and China. The first 4
satellites are now in orbit and the 5th is in construction at Surrey Satellite
Technology Ltd., UK.
of medium resolution multispectral imagery at a GSD of 32 metres with the unique
capabilities of 600km wide swath and daily revisit has generated considerable
interest in sections of the remote sensing community.
Although the low
cost DMC satellites were not designed to deliver highly calibrated images, evaluation
of data for appropriate applications has elicited a positive feedback from end-users.
SSTL is now implementing systems to service the commercial demand, and planning
for data continuity
With SSTL's DMC satellites
now providing data, the next constellation is already under construction for
RapidEye. The 5 satellites are designed to provide 8metre 6-band multispectral
coverage for precision agriculture applications. A high resolution constellation
is also on the horizon to provide daily 2.5metre imaging.
This presentation will review the current status of these EO constellations and discuss the opportunities for applications of high temporal resolution data.