Ingenio (satellite)

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Mission type Optical imaging
Disaster monitoring
Operator Airbus Defence and Space
Mission duration Seven years[1]
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space
Launch mass 830 kg
Dry mass 750 kg
Power 580 W
Start of mission
Launch date End of 2016[2]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Polar
Regime Sun-synchronous
Apogee 668 km

Ingenio (or SEOSat/Ingenio) is a Spanish project to produce a satellite capable of providing wide-field imagery (230 60km x 60km frames a day) at 2.5m panchromatic resolution and 10m colour resolution, from the classic 'spy satellite' sun-synchronous polar orbit; it is Spain's first optical imaging satellite. The satellite is part of the Spanish Earth Observation Satellite program.[3]

The prime contractor is Airbus Defence and Space Spain[1] and some parts of the satellite are being built by Thales Alenia Space [4]

It is projected to launch at the end of 2016, launch vehicle candidates are: Vega, Rockot, Dnepr, Soyuz, and PSLV.[2]

On board instruments feature a Multispectral imager, a Panchromatic Imager and a Ultraviolet and Visible Atmospheric Sounder.[3]


  1. ^ a b "INGENIO: the first Spanish optical Earth observation satellite". Airbus Defence and Space. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "SEOSat/Ingenio - Earth Observation Satellite of Spain". ESA. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Satellite: SEOSat/Ingenio". World Meteorological Organization. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "SEOSAT INGENIO" (in Spanish). Thales Alenia Space. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2015.