EROS B

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EROS B
EROS-B Satellite.png
EROS-B Satellite
Mission type Remote sensing
Operator ImageSat International
COSPAR ID 2006-014A
SATCAT № 29079
Website ImageSat International
Mission duration 10 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus OPSAT-2000[1]
Manufacturer IAI
Launch mass 350 kilograms (770 lb)[2]
Power 800 watts
Start of mission
Launch date 25 April 2006, 16:47:16 (2006-04-25UTC16:47:16Z) UTC[3]
Rocket Start-1
Launch site Svobodny 5
Contractor United Start
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Perigee 506 kilometres (314 mi)
Apogee 524 kilometres (326 mi)
Inclination 97.45 degrees
Period 94.79 minutes
Epoch 21 November 2013, 04:17:59 UTC[4]

The Earth Remote Observation System-B (EROS-B) is the second satellite launched in a series of the EROS family of Israeli commercial Earth observation satellites, designed and manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries.[5]

The EROS B was launched on April 25, 2006 from Svobodny Launch Complex in eastern Siberia.[6]

Spacecraft[edit]

The craft is 2.3m in height and 1.2m in diameter. It weighted 290 kg at launch. The satellite is designed was based on the military reconnaissance satellite Ofeq 3, which was previously built, also by IAI for Israeli government use.

Control Systems[edit]

The satellite is equipped with a 3-axis stabilized and a four reaction wheels actuator. The satellite is also equipped with horizon sensors, sun sensors, gyroscopes and magnetometer for altitude determination.[7]

Ground Communication Systems[edit]

The satellite is equipped with a imagery link four times faster than the EMOS A at 280Mbit/s, a 15 kbit/s maintenance downlink, and a 15kbit/s command uplink.[8]

Operation[edit]

The satellite offers an optical resolution of 70 cm (about two feet), and as of launch date plans were to use it to monitor Iran's developing nuclear program for potential threats to Israeli security.

The satellite is equipped with a CCD pushbroom detector array provides 10,000 pixels per line and a total of 96 lines for selectable TDI observation support. The spacecraft can be operated in both asynchronous and synchronous imaging mode. It has a Ground Sampling Distance of 0.70 m panchromatic.

Unlike the EROS A who's primary purpose is agricultural engineers, the EROS B is more specifically designed for illegal construction supervision, general infrastructure monitoring, and emergency monitoring such as oil and gas exploration.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "EROS B". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "UCS Satellite Database". Union of Concerned Scientists. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  3. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Peat, Chris (21 November 2013). "EROS B - Orbit". Heavens Above. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Serbia Settlement IAI Bond Purchase Boost Fortunes of Israel’s ImageSat". SpaceNews. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "EROS-B (Earth Remote Observation System-B)". EOPortal. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "EROS B". Apollo Mapping. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Hellermann, Rani. "EROS B –Operational Experience, Second year of operation2008". Retrieved 20 November 2013.