SHALOM (satellite)

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Spaceborne Hyperspectral Applicative Land and Ocean Mission
Mission type Earth Observation, Research
Operator ASI
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer El-Op
Selex ES
Hyperspectral Imaging Spectrometer
Panchromatic camera
Spectral ranges VNR/SWIR Spectrometers

Spaceborne Hyperspectral Applicative Land and Ocean Mission (SHALOM) is a joint mission by the Israeli Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency to develop two commercial hyperspectral satellites.[1][2] The mission was agreed upon in late 2010.[3] Preliminary studies for the program started in 2012 and were set to be complete in 2013.[needs update][4] In October 2015 a memorandum of understanding was signed, and the system is slated to become fully operational in 2021.[5] The project is expected to cost over $200 million, with the cost being split evenly between the two countries.[6]


The joint mission is expected to build two hyperspectral Earth observation satellites that will occupy the same orbit as the older Italian satellite, COSMO-SkyMed which was launched in 2007. The satellites will be equipped with instruments targeting the visible, infrared, and ultraviolet wavelengths in the 400 nm to 2700 nm range.

The satellites are expected to be equipped with:

  • Panchromatic camera with a 2.5-m GSD
  • Commercial Hyper-spectral Imaging Spectrometer (0.2-2.5 µm)[7]
  • Infrared camera (4-12 µm)
  • Spectral ranges (contiguous spectrum):


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