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EROS (satellite)

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EROS (satellite)

EROS-B Satellite
Manufacturer IAI
Country of origin Israel
Operator ImageSat International
Status Active
Built 2 known
Launched 2
First launch EROS A, December 5, 2000
Last launch EROS B, April 25, 2006

Earth Resources Observation Satellite (EROS) is a series of EROS B on April 25, 2006.


  • Satellites 1
    • EROS A 1.1
    • EROS B 1.2
  • Plans 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5



EROS A was launched on the Russian Start-1 launcher on December 5, 2000, from the Svobodny Launch Complex in eastern Siberia, to a Low Earth orbit (LEO) altitude of 480 km. The satellite provides commercial images with an optical resolution of 1.8 meters. The satellite orbits earth in a sun synchronous orbit, so that its imaged target is always in daylight. It always crosses the equator at 9:45am local time.

Its dimensions: height: 2.3 m, diameter: 1.2 m, head: 0.7 m. It weighed 250 kg at launch. It was built based on the military reconnaissance satellite Ofeq 3, which was previously built, also by IAI and El-Op, for Israeli government use.


ImageSat initially planned to launch a similar satellite every 6 years after EROS A.

EROS B was finally launched on April 25, 2006 aboard a Russian Start-1 rocket from the Svobodny Launch Complex in eastern Siberia. The satellite offers an optical resolution of 70 cm (about two feet), and as of launch date plans were to use it to monitor Iran's developing nuclear program for potential threats to Israeli security.


In January 2011, it was stated that work would begin "in the near term" on a new EROS C satellite.[1]

ImageSat announced plans to launch a total of three more satellites in later dates, in order to provide full coverage of the entire planet surface with six functional satellites.

See also


  1. ^ "Israel's ImageSat Sheds Some Legal Baggage". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 

External links

  • Eros A & B pages at ImageSat International's website
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