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

Operator: DMCii

Sensor Type: Optical

Highest Resolution: 32m

Widest swath width: 600km

Number of Bands/Modes: 3

Launched: 27th Sep 2003, Nov 2011

Nationality: British

Revisit Interval: 3 days

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Name Disaster Monitoring Constellation
Parameters Measured Green (0.52-0.60um), Red (0.63-0.69um), NIR (0.77-0.90um)
Sensor Type Optical Sensor
Purpose The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) is an international program initially proposed in 1996 and led by SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd), Surrey, UK, to construct a network of five affordable LEO micro-satellites. The objective is to provide a daily global imaging capability at medium resolution (30-40 m), in 3-4 spectral bands, for rapid-response disaster monitoring and mitigation.
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 2011-11-01
Spatial Resolution (meters) 32
Frequency of Collection {3}
Data Format GeoTIFF
Distributor contact
Lineage The DMC concept arose from the recommendations of the United Nations UniSpace-III conference in July 1999 (Vienna, Austria), which recommended that space agencies should seek ways of coordinating activities in space to better monitor natural disasters, and provide information for disaster relief response planning. SSTL worked to build a coordinated constellation that could achieve the goal of daily repeat imaging anywhere in the world. To do this it had to convince a group of international clients to each purchase a DMC satellite and to agree to work together in a phased orbit. The credibility of the program was greatly enhanced by the support from the British National Space Centre (BNSC) which awarded a MOSAIC grant that enabled SSTL to build a UK satellite. The extraordinary project to bring many nations together to create a working constellation in space has been a huge success. New satellites with enhanced capabilities are being added as the first ones reach the end of life, and new members are joining.
Additional Information UK-DMC-1 was developed at SSTL within the microsatellite program of BNSC (British National Space Center), called MOSAIC (Micro Satellite Applications in Collaboration). The design of UK-DMC is according to the DMC standard, with added research and development payloads. Like all of the standard DMC satellites, it carries an optical imaging payload developed by SSTL to provide 32 m ground resolution imagery with an exceptionally wide swath width of over 640 km. The payload uses green, red and near infrared bands equivalent to Landsat TM+ bands 2, 3 and 4. 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.