Open Cosmos announces contract to design, manufacture and commission Alisio-1 satellite
The ALISIO-1 project (Advanced Land-Imaging Satellite for Infrared Observations), financed with funds from the recovery and resilience mechanism of the European Union – NextGenerationEU, will be implemented in 13 months, and includes the design, manufacture, testing and integration of a 6U+ satellite accommodating DRAGO-2 and a laser communication payload.
The main payload, the camera called DRAGO-2, has been fully developed by IACTEC-Espacio, and operates in the SWIR (Short Wave InfraRed) range between 1.0 and 1.7 µm. It is an improved version of its predecessor, DRAGO-1. Its data will allow measurements to be made in the short wave range both in the Canary Islands and in other parts of the world and will allow IACTEC-Espacio to deepen its research on the different applications of this sensor.
Among others, the ALISIO-1 satellite will provide relevant information for:
Monitoring of the state of vegetation/crops.
Monitoring of urban development.
Monitoring of discharges in known areas (e.g. oil platforms).
Support in firefighting (detection of hot spots and line of fire).
The evaluation of flooded areas.
In terms of communications, it will be a pioneer in the establishment of optical Space-Earth communications
Rafel Jordá Siquier, founder and CEO of Open Cosmos: “We are delighted to have been selected by the IAC, without a doubt one of the reference institutions in the space sector in Spain. We know the importance of this project for IACTEC-Espacio and the great potential of the SWIR camera developed by the magnificent team that the IAC has in the Canary Islands.”