London, UK, 21 March 2007: DMC International Imaging, a UK company that supplies satellite imagery products plans to launch a high-resolution optical imaging satellite named UK DMC-2 in 2008 to provide continuous Continent-level imaging with direct downlink of data to customer’s ground stations.
At just 120 kg, UK DMC-2 will be a low cost Earth Observation (EO) satellite, carrying a 22 meter resolution multispectral DMC imager with an ultra-wide 660km imaging swath. The enhanced micro-satellite will be able to image continuously while broadcasting data in real-time to licensed ground stations.
UK DMC-2 will be launched into the existing international Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) with Deimos-1, built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) for Deimos Imaging SL, Spain. The 2 new generation DMC satellites will be coordinated with the 5 existing DMC satellites to provide data continuity and a new level of imaging output.
The rapid revisit capability of the constellation is especially valuable for remote sensing applications that monitor fast changing phenomena such as fires, floods and crops. It also covers large areas quickly including the Amazon Basin, Australia, and Europe, providing the capability for multi-season coverage of major agriculture.
David Hodgson, Managing Director DMCii, commented: “The next generation of DMC will serve our existing and new customers with higher resolution imagery and allow high frequency continent-wide environmental monitoring. The commercial success of the DMC demonstrates the advantage of the small satellite constellation approach to data supply and is the result of DMCii tailoring services to the individual needs of customers.”