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

Operator: DMCii

Sensor Type: Optical

Highest Resolution: 22m

Widest swath width: 650km

Number of Bands/Modes: 3

Launched: 29th Jul 2009

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 DMC-2G (DMC -Second Generation) satellites not only provide data continuity, but also a greatly enhanced imaging capability to cover large areas of territory at enhanced resolution. The objective is to offer the timely imagery (broadcast service) to a global community of customers with the capability of a direct downlink to a customer ground station. The combination of multiple spacecraft in constellation provides for daily coverage at a resolution that enables effective monitoring of the rapidly changing environment.
Applications Forestry, Agriculture, Emergency and Disasters, Land Cover Mapping
Data Cost and Access Public - Subject to costing
Start Date of Collection 2009-07-27
End Date of Collection N/A
Spatial Resolution (meters) 22
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 In the timeframe 2005/6, SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.) started planning for second generation missions (with improved imaging capabilities) to be added to the current first generation DMC (Disaster Monitoring Constellation), coordinated by DMCii (DMC International Imaging Ltd.). The basic enhancement of the second generation missions, also referred to as DMC-NG (Next Generation), is to provide wide-swath multispectral imagery at higher resolutions (660 km swath with 22 m pixel size at nadir).