On April 25, 2006, ImageSat International N.V succesfully launched its second satellite the "Earth Remote Observation Satellite" - EROS B - aboard a Russian Start-1 launch vehicle.
On December 5, 2000, ImageSat International N.V. successfully launched its first satellite, the "Earth Remote Observation Satellite" - EROS A - aboard a Russian Start-1 launch vehicle. In so doing, ImageSat became the first non-U.S. company, to successfully deploy a commercial high-resolution imaging satellite.
EROS satellites are light, low earth-orbiting, high-resolution satellites that are designed for fast maneuvering between imaged targets.
There are currently three models within the EROS family of satellites:
EROS satellites are designed to maximize operator flexibility in the creation and adaptation of the daily image acquisition plan. EROS 's high maneuverability enables it to be quickly pointed to image customer-specified sites on Nadir or at oblique angles of up to 45 degrees. Oblique viewing enables the satellite to view virtually any site on earth as often as two to three times per week.
The orbital period of the EROS satellites, for one revolution around the Earth, is 94-96 minutes. The satellite completes approximately 15 revolutions around the Earth every 24 hours, with two daylight passes per day through the footprint of a typical Ground Receiving Station.