30 April 2007: From the very start of the new season two satellites EROS-A and EROS-B have delivered high resolution images for more than 20 towns in Russia and CIS. ScanEx R&D Center has been placing orders and receiving the EROS program data by license from satellites managed by the ImageSat operator.
EROS (Earth Resources Observation Satellite) is a series of Israeli commercial Earth observation satellites, designed and manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), with optical payload supplied by El-Op. The satellites are owned and operated by ImageSat International, an Israeli company. EROS A was launched, on December 5, 2000 and EROS B on April 25, 2006.
EROS A is placed in a Low Earth orbit (LEO) at an altitude of 480 km. The satellite provides images with a spatial resolution of 1.8 meters. ImageSat initially planned to launch a similar satellite every 6 months after EROS A, but demand for its images was low causing heavy initial losses and the delay of the EROS B and subsequent launches. EROS B was finally launched on April 25, 2006 which is offering images at a spatial resolution of 70 cm with the help of CCD/TDI type (Charge Coupled Device/Time Delay Integration) panchromatic camera.
From late March the new EROS-B satellite has delivered images of the town of Kiev and six more towns on the European part of Russia twice: St-Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Kaliningrad, Kamyshin and Riga.
The other satellite EROS-A with a lower resolution (1.9 m as opposed to 0.7 m) but with a wider swath (14 km as compared to 7 km) took images of 22 towns in Russia and neighborhood: St-Petersburg, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Lipetsk, Volgograd, Novgorod, Ulyanovsk, Saratov, Elista, towns of Krasnodar Territory, Moscow, Leningrad, Astrakhan and Volgograd Regions, as well as towns in the neighboring counties: (Kharkov, Lvov, Minsk, Vilnius, Uralsk).