Applications: Forestry, Agriculture, Emergency and Disasters, Land Cover Mapping

Operator: TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute

Sensor Type: Optical

Highest Resolution: 32m

Widest swath width: 600km

Number of Bands/Modes: 3

Launched: 27th Sep 2003, Aug 2006

Nationality: Turkish

Revisit Interval: 3 days

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Name BILTEN Satellite - 1
Parameters Measured Blue (0.44-0.52um), Green (0.52-0.61um), Red (0.63-0.69um), NIR (0.77-0.90um), Pan (0.50-0.90um)
Sensor Type Optical Sensor
Purpose The overall objectives of the BILSAT-1 mission in DMC include medium-resolution Earth observation (including disaster monitoring) by demonstrating a new imaging system in concert with other DMC program participants; storage and forwarding communications; demonstration of experimental payloads: COBAN GEZGIN, and CMG and exposure of Turkish engineers to all aspects of an operational satellite environment including science data analysis and interpretation.
Applications Forestry, Agriculture, Emergency and Disasters, Land Cover Mapping
Data Cost and Access Public - Subject to costing
Start Date of Collection 2003-09-27
End Date of Collection 2006-08-01
Spatial Resolution (meters) 12
Frequency of Collection {4}
Data Format GeoTIFF
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Lineage ILSAT-1 was an enhanced microsatellite designed and built under a training and development programme between SSTL (UK) and TUBITAK-BILTEN (Turkey). The satellite benefited from on board propulsion, GPS navigation and included experimental payloads including a multi-band imaging system, a real time image compression module, a GPS attitude receiver and a Control Moment Gyro. BILSAT-1 also hosted new technologies such as high capacity solid-state data recorders and star trackers.
Additional Information BILSAT-1 is a cooperative micro-satellite, an Earth observation and technology demonstration mission of TUBITAK-BILTEN, Turkey, and of SSTL, Surrey, UK. The overall project objectives are within an SSTL KHTT (Know How Training and Transfer) program to provide engineers from BILTEN with on-the-job training in almost all aspects of satellite building, to design and develop BILSAT-1 at SSTL, and to operate the satellite via a ground control center based at BILTEN facilities (Ankara/Turkey). BILSAT-1 will also be operating as one of the satellites in the DMC (Disaster Monitoring Constellation) cooperative program of SSTL. The BILSAT-1 cooperative project was initiated in 1999 as a stand-alone satellite initiative; however, when the DMC participation was raised and offered to BILTEN by SSTL, both parties agreed that BILSAT-1 did suit DMC quite well, and BILTEN decided to participate also in DMC. The DMC consortium comprises a partnership between organizations in Algeria, China, Nigeria, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Along with SSTL, each organization has built an advanced yet low-cost Earth observation micro-satellite to form the first ever constellation specifically designed and dedicated to monitoring natural and man-made disasters.