EOS SAT is a constellation consisting of seven small optical satellites created by EOS Data Analytics, a global provider of AI-powered satellite imagery analytics founded by Dr. Max Polyakov. #WhisperEyeNews #tech
to support the implementation of sustainable agriculture methods and environmental monitoring of forestlands by providing high-quality data for analysis.
The launch of EOS SAT boosts EOSDA’s Togetherness with its partners in Africa, that is Agroxchange Technology, Complete Farmer, NE Services Global, and TelOne who will provide a paltform of satellite benefits to the local agricultural market in Africa.
Brijesh Thoppil, Strategic Partnerships Lead at EOS Data Analytics (EOSDA), a global provider of AI-powered satellite imagery analytics commenting on the satellite impact on agriculture in Africa said that EOS SAT will give African farmers not only a holistic view of what is happening in the fields but also comprehensive analytics of the factors impacting normal plant development and tools to address the crop-threatening issues.
He adds that EOS SAT will enable field monitoring against numerous parameters, such as crop growth tracking and soil moisture measurement. EOS SAT-1 will make images using 11 spectral bands tailored for farmland monitoring. High-quality satellite data influences the accuracy of analytics, among other things.
“African farmers can detect problem areas. The high spatial resolution of up to 3 meters and the vegetation index analysis will help farmers precisely detect anomalies in their farmlands. Knowing where to direct one’s attention increases the chances of saving crops.” Brijesh Thoppil he added.
Brijesh highlighted that the overuse of crop care products and fertilizers is another use case and EOS SAT data can be analyzed with vegetation indices to create productivity and vegetation maps to define the optimal input amount for a specific field zone which means that no wasting any inputs on healthy crops.
“At the same time, input manufacturers can use satellite images of fields before and after applying newly produced inputs and monitor how each test product affects a specific soil and crop. Finally, agricultural coops can share updates about their operations and field conditions based on analyzed high-resolution images from EOS SAT.
African Agribusinesses should be delighted as EOS SAT will help in building a resilient food production system and combating climate change in Africa. Brijesh explains that businesses can concentrate on what they do best, and satellites will serve them the information they need for sustainability.
Brijesh revealed that EOS SAT capabilities will assist farmers and agricultural businesses in Africa in the timely identification of any issues threatening crops heat and cold stress, weed spread, pest attacks, deficit or excess of soil moisture, weather extremes, etc.;
“Interpretation of different data information from various sources is collected and analyzed to reveal the main dependencies impacting crop growing decisions and Input cost optimization field productivity history and VRA (Variable Rate Application) maps help define the exact fertilizer amount and seeds number to avoid unjustified spending,”Brijesh added,
According to Brijesh, EOS SAT satellites have a unique set of agri-related bands aimed specifically at farm area monitoring. “This functionality allows us to tackle agricultural challenges, which no satellites in the market can do at the moment. Of course, competitors’ satellites can be used for agricultural purposes; however, they are rarely equipped with the appropriate bands. Even if they do, the exorbitant price of such satellites prevents most agro players from using this technology.” he added.
The proud Brijesh further added that EOS SAT satellite cameras will capture imagery using the following agri-related bands: RGB, 2 NIR channels, 3 RedEdge channels, WaterVapor, Aerosol, Pan, and 2 SWIR channels. EOS SAT-1 will have 11 spectral bands, excluding the SWIR bands. Once reaching total capacity, the swarm will cover 100% of countries with the largest areas of farmlands and forestlands; that’s 98.5% of such lands on the planet.
When asked about satellite expectations, Brijesh said that after launch, the satellite will have a 3-month testing period before it becomes operational. “We plan to have data available in the EOSDA Crop Monitoring product itself, along with the custom solutions in late March/early April. But still, with the first satellite, the main purpose is to showcase the capability of the satellite, its quality, and how different the data could be,” he added.
The new satellites will enable EOS Data Analytics to significantly increase remote sensing data accuracy and reliability. We think this improvement may urge agricultural companies to move towards precision farming and support environmental protection along with being profitable.
On January 3, 2023, EOS SAT-1, the initial satellite of EOS SAT, the first agri-focused satellite constellation launched by a remote sensing company, was successfully delivered into a low Earth orbit by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
All seven satellites are being built by Dragonfly Aerospace, a space imaging systems technology provider. A full-cycle operational process is established via vertical integration of Polyakov’s Noosphere group of companies – EOS Data Analytics, Dragonfly Aerospace, SETS, and Flight Control Propulsion. After reaching full operation by 2025, EOS SAT will cover up to 100% of countries with the largest areas of farmlands and forestlands, amounting to 98.5% of such lands across the globe.