Earth observation

TopSat thermal model
TopSat thermal model

Over the years we have developed several instruments for Earth observation. Our project experience includes:

  • TopSat
  • MSG
  • GERB ERS-1 and 2 ATSR 1 and 2 (Along Track Scanning Radiometer)
  • ENVISAT AATSR

RAL Space have developed a high-resolution optical camera for the TopSat programme, producing 2.5m resolution panchromatic images and 5m resolution colour images.

TopSat flight model
TopSat flight model

We worked closely with the mechanical, optical and electronic groups at RAL to develop the low cost design. The mission is designed to demonstrate the capabilities of small satellites for classically high value remote sensing missions.

TopSat was launched on 27 October 2005 from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia.

 


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