SURREY, England (Earth-i PR) — British ‘New Space’ pioneer Earth-i today provided another update about its progress in building the first constellation in the world to provide full-colour video – and the first European-owned commercial constellation able to provide both video and still images.
Last week Earth-i announced that it had ordered the first five satellites of its constellation from SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd).
Today the company has confirmed that its prototype satellite is now enroute to launch provider Antrix in India with the launch planned for late-December on a PSLV rocket. This satellite will be used to test performance and confirm capabilities for the future constellation including tasking, data downlinks to ground stations, and image and full-colour video capture from space.
In addition, Earth-i has chosen Norway’s KSAT (Kongsberg Satellite Services) to provide ground network services for its new Earth Observation (EO) constellation.