EOS Data Analytics (EOSDA) has received the first images from the EOS Sat-1 satellite. It became the first grouping apparatus that would contribute to the introduction of sustainable agriculture and monitoring of forest lands, providing high-quality data for analysis. Built by the South African company Dragonfly Aerospace, the satellite also successfully demonstrated the capabilities of the propulsion system of the Ukrainian startup SETS (Space Electric Thruster Systems).
EOSDA’s Great Plans
EOSDA, Dragonfly and SETS are part of the Noosphere space group. It was founded in 2015 by Ukrainian entrepreneur Max Polyakov with the aim of creating an integrated space business. Another company of the group, Flight Control Propulsion, supervised the 3D printing of the components and construction of the EOS Sat-1.
By the end of June, EOSDA plans to begin the commercial sale of EOS Sat-1 images and offer priority tasks to customers in the USA, Canada, Southeast Asia and Australia. Images and analytics combined into products designed for the agricultural market will be available in July.
According to Artem Anisimov, CEO of EOSDA and president of Noosphere Ventures Partners, EOS Sat-1 is an excellent example of the international work of private companies united by a single management.
Dragonfly “built the satellite with the bands that are lacking in the market. When we combine them with what’s already out there, we have this unique product offering. With AI modeling, everybody who has access to the same data will have very similar models. Once you have your proprietary dataset that makes all the difference in the world.
EOSDA, which started as a software development company, has created its grouping and sensors to provide reliable crop classification and crop forecasting tools for agriculture and forestry. The company’s goal is to provide farmers with predictive models and recommendations. EOSDA is also preparing to transfer the data collected by EOS Sat-1 to EOSDA LandViewer: an online resource of current and historical images. It goes beyond the agricultural industry and is focused on markets such as real estate and defense.
Successful testing of SETS thrusters
The SETS company, founded in Dnipro in 2016, intends to create a site in Europe for the final assembly of its Hall-effect thrusters. The first such power unit was successfully tested during the EOS Sat-1 flight.
According to SETS CEO Viktor Serbin, the company has developed two propulsion systems. Both use Hall effect thrusters, but SETS’ own cathodes and energy processing units have made the technology “a little more efficient.” And in the space industry, every percentage is important.
Thanks to the successful testing of its thrusters during a real flight, SETS plans to take the following steps. They will include the expansion of the company and the creation of production in Europe, where the final assembly of power units will be carried out. In the future, SETS plans to sell ready-made and custom-made propulsion systems to become part of the global engine market.
According to https://spacenews.com
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