Deimos-1[2] is a Spanish Earth imaging satellite which is operated by Deimos Imaging who commercializes its imagery directly but also has distribution agreements with other entities like Astrium GEO and DMC International Imaging.

Mission typeOptical imaging
Disaster monitoring
OperatorDeimos Imaging
COSPAR ID2009-041A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.35681
Mission durationFive years
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass91 kilograms (201 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date29 July 2009, 18:46 (2009-07-29UTC18:46Z) UTC
Launch siteBaikonur 109/95
ContractorISC Kosmotras
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric


It was constructed by Surrey Satellite Technology for Elecnor Deimos, representing the first Spanish Earth observation satellite[3] and the first private one in Europe.[4] It is based on the SSTL-100 satellite bus.[5] Deimos-1 was launched into a 686-kilometre (426 mi) sun-synchronous low Earth orbit.[6] The launch was conducted by ISC Kosmotras, who used a Dnepr carrier rocket, with DubaiSat-1 as the primary payload. Deimos-1, along with the UK-DMC 2, Nanosat 1B, AprizeSat-3 and AprizeSat-4 satellites, were launched as secondary payloads. The rocket was launched at 18:46 GMT on 29 July 2009, from Site 109/95 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The satellite was purchased from Elecnor Deimos by Urthecast in 2015, together with Deimos-2 and Deimos Imaging, the division of the Spanish company that was in charge of the operation of both satellites.[7]

Optical instrumentEdit

The satellite has an expected lifetime of five years.[8] It carries a multi-spectral imager with a resolution of 22 metres (72 ft) and 600 kilometres (370 mi) of swath, operating in green, red and near infrared spectra.[8]


These optical satellite images open new perspectives to users of this satellite for the development of services & applications in various markets such as Maritime, Agriculture, Environment or Forestry.

  • Fast coverage of territories thanks to its wide swath
  • Near-real-time capacity
  • Competitive price

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Technical details for satellite DEIMOS 1". - Real Time Satellite Tracking and Predictions.
  2. ^ "Our satellite Deimos-1". Deimos Imaging S.L. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  3. ^ "Marca España | the new Spanish satellites". Archived from the original on 2017-09-11. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  4. ^ Monica. "The Deimos-1 satellite captures unpublished images of the volcanic sea stain near El Hierro Island". Earsc.
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Deimos-1". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  6. ^ "DMC-2G (Disaster Monitoring Constellation-Second Generation) Missions". European Space Agency. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  7. ^ "Urthecast Buying Deimos' Imaging Division and its 2 Satellites". 23 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b "SSTL-100 Datasheet" (PDF). Surrey Satellite Technology. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2010. Retrieved 2009-07-29.

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