Another Israeli Eye In The Sky: EROS-B Satellite Launched

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Another Israeli Eye In The Sky: EROS-B Satellite Launched

EROS-B (the second member of the Earth Remote Observation Satellite system) was flown into space by the four-stage Start-1 rocket that launched from the Svobodny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East.

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The launch took place on April 26, 2006, 02:47 hours Siberia time and the satellite separated from the Start-1 rocket as planned. Communications with the EROS B satellite were established, also as planned, within 13 minutes
after launch.

A few days are required to verify that all the satellite
sub-systems are operating according to predetermined specifications. The satellite will be operated and control by a team of engineers and technicians from the main ground control station located at IAI MBT Space Division facilities.

The first image from the EROS-B satellite is expected to be seen on Friday and full services will commence within few weeks.

EROS-B joins ImageSat's satellite EROS-A, which was launched end of 2000 aboard another Start-1 rocket.

The satellite camera was co-developed by the Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and El-Op Electro-Optics Industries, a research and development firm from Rehovo.

The EROS-B satellite weighs 290 kilograms.

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Slightly larger and similar in appearance to EROS A, the new satellite will have superior capabilities, including a larger camera of CCD/TDI type (Charge Coupled Device/Time Delay Integration), with standard panchromatic resolution of 0.70 m at an altitude of about 500 km, a larger on-board recorder, improved pointing accuracy and a faster data communication link.


The ground control station, located in IAI complex in Yehud, will be able to control the satellite's navigation and keep it stationed for an extended time over particularly sensitive targets such as the Iranian nuclear reactor, which is too far for Israeli drones to reach.
By Riwka: posted on 28-4-2006

Satellite imaging provider ImageSat is planning its Nasdaq debut at a company value of half a billion dollars during the coming year.

ImageSat International N.V. ("ImageSat"), founded in 1997, is a Netherlands Antilles company.

Its headquarters is in Tel Aviv supervise the construction of the EROS family of satellites and the operation of ImageSat's main Ground Control Station.

The company has also offices in Limassol, Cyprus.

ImageSat is is owned by the
  • (state owned) Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) [42 %]

  • Elbit Systems [8 %]

    and the other 50% by other foreign investors.

The company owns and operates its satellites and derives its income from the sale of the images for both military and civilian uses.

Last month ImageSat issued $30 million in bonds.
By Riwka: posted on 28-4-2006

Eros B started sending high-quality snapshots of various sites through the world to its earth station, with a focus on Iran’s nuclear facilities

EROS B First Images were recieved... and they are of "excellent" quality, ImageSat announced.
By Riwka: posted on 1-5-2006

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