Deimos-2, a new challenge which is part of the Earth Observation Aerospace Program

Elecnor Deimos has an impressive track record in the aerospace sector. One of its most important projects has been its Earth Observation Program, which was launched in 2009 with the Deimos-1 mission. Elecnor Deimos is now forging ahead with two further initiatives: the development of its second space mission, Deimos-2, and the start-up of the Puertollano Satellite Integration and Operations Centre (Ciudad Real). These initiatives share a common purpose: to put the highest level of aerospace technology at society's disposal, and, by observing planet Earth, to improve our knowledge of natural phenomena and to help to prevent and manage possible natural or humanitarian catastrophes.  

A total of 60 million euros has been invested in the complete development of Deimos-2, until the satellite is ready to be launched in the first half of 2014. 

Images captured in this mission shall be used primarily in the fields of agriculture, town planning, cartography, security and intelligence, civil protection and the environment. For these purposes, Deimos-2 has been equipped with the latest cutting-edge technologies, which are a step up on the features used the previous model. The satellite, which has been in development for three and a half years, weighs 300 kilos, measures 2x3 metres, and will orbit the Earth at an altitude of over 600 kilometres, covering a surface area of more than 150,000 km2/day. The satellite's most important feature is a panchromatic and multi-spectral camera which can provide images with a resolution of up to 75 cm. In addition to this high capacity, the satellite is extremely flexible, allowing it to be pointed in all directions, and is thus able to capture extremely precise and detailed images. 

An advanced aerospace complex in Puertollano 

In addition to Deimos-2, Elecnor Deimos has also developed the Puertollano Satellite Integration and Operations Centre. An ambitious satellite control and integration aerospace complex, which has been created to manage not only its own missions, but also third-party missions. 

Almost 8 million euros have been invested in these facilities, which have been under development for two years. The Centre is divided into three sections: The Flight Section (Satellite Integration), the Earth Section (Control Centre) and the User Section (Applications for clients). The ground-breaking technological equipment includes image processing machines with their own development software, able to process and submit images to clients within less than two hours from the time they are downloaded. 

The precedent set by Deimos-1

The Elecnor Deimos Earth Observation Program was launched with the pioneering Deimos-1 satellite, which was put in orbit in July 2009 from the Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan).. This satellite marked the beginning of an innovative new era, as it was the first time in Spain that space had been used for environmental management, precision agriculture and fighting climate change, and thrust Elecnor Deimos into the limelight as a cutting-edge aerospace company.

Within its first four years of operation (until the end of 2013), the satellite had achieved the following:
  • it had completed 21,452 orbits and travelled 943 million km, over 6 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
  • taken 18,640 images.
  • covered 1,936,000,000 km2 of total surface area through its images archive, tantamount to 13 times the surface of the Earth.