Ingenio (satellite)

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Mission typeOptical imaging
Disaster monitoring
OperatorAirbus Defence and Space
Mission duration7 years (planned)[1]
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerAirbus Defence and Space
Launch mass830 kg[2]
Dry mass750 kg[2]
Power580 W[2]
Start of mission
Launch date2020[3]
Launch siteKourou ELV
Orbital parameters
Reference systemPolar
Apogee668 km

Ingenio (or SEOSat/Ingenio) is a Spanish project to produce a satellite capable of providing wide-field imagery (230 60 km × 60 km frames a day) at 2.5 m panchromatic resolution and 10 m colour resolution, from a sun-synchronous polar orbit; it is Spain's first optical imaging satellite. The satellite is part of the Spanish Earth Observation Satellite program.[2]


The prime contractor is Airbus Defence and Space Spain[1] and some parts of the satellite are being built by Thales Alenia Space.[4] Spacecraft construction was completed in 2019.[3]

On board instruments include a Multispectral Imager, a Panchromatic Imager, and an Ultraviolet and Visible Atmospheric Sounder.[2]

It was originally projected to launch in 2017; launch vehicle candidates included Vega, Rockot, Dnepr, Soyuz, and PSLV.[5]

In May 2019, the ESA and Arianespace signed a contract to launch Ingenio on a Vega rocket from Guiana Space Centre in 2020.[3]


  1. ^ a b "INGENIO: the first Spanish optical Earth observation satellite". Airbus Defence and Space. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Satellite: SEOSat/Ingenio". World Meteorological Organization. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Vega to take Spain's SEOSAT–Ingenio into orbit". ESA. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  4. ^ "SEOSAT INGENIO" (in Spanish). Thales Alenia Space. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ "SEOSat/Ingenio - Earth Observation Satellite of Spain". ESA. Retrieved 22 July 2015.