IACTEC-Space is the project within IACTEC that drives innovation and development related to the use of small satellite payloads and process of the acquired data.
In early 2021, the team successfully launched DRAGO: a compact camera conceived to map the Earth in two observing bands in the short-wave infrared (SWIR) range. After several months of operation, DRAGO has proven its worth in many of the applications for which it was designed, such as volcano eruption control or wild-fire monitoring.
The next milestone of the project will be ALISIO I: the first Canarian satellite, featuring an improved version of DRAGO. The team is also working on two upcoming projects with an even higher level of complexity: IACSAT-1, the IAC's first astronomical space observatory, and VINIS, an Earth-observation camera with sub-10 meter resolution and simultaneous observation capability in the visible and SWIR bands.
Volcano eruption control
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Taking advantage of the accumulated experience of optomechanical and optoelectronic instrumentation design in extreme environments and in space, the IAC through IACTec designs and constructs payloads for observing the earth from satellites in low orbits.
The eruption on La Palma has provided a unique scenario for testing the DRAGO instrument, the infrared camera of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) which has been observing the Canary Islands from space since January. One of the objectives for which DRAGO was designed is monitoring natural disasters, especially those which could occur in the Canaries, such as forest fires, petroleum spills, or volcanic eruptions. The role of DRAGO is to provide infrared images from space to help the management and control of these disasters. In the case of the eruption which began on SeptemberAdvertised on
The DRAGO (Demonstrator for Remote Analysis of Ground Observations) camera, developed entirely by the team of IACTEC-Microsatellites of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) has obtained its first images of the Canary Islands. DRAGO was launched into space on January 24th this year on a Falcon 9 rocket of the Space-X company, integrated into a small satellite called ION-mk02 by the D-orbit company. Since then the satellite and the DRAGO camera have undergone a setting up phase which was completed successfully by taking its first images of the Canary archipelago. These were taken onAdvertised on
DRAGO, the infrared camera developed by the team at IACTEC-Space of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, has seen its “first light”. The instrument, placed in orbit in January from Cape Canaveral is in its commissioning phase. The images taken show the mouth of the rio Meghna in the Ganges delta, the largest delta in the world. Even though it is a preliminary test, the quality of the results is well above expectation and show what DRAGO will be able to do once it is fully operational. On January 24th 2021 the infrared camera DRAGO (Demonstrator for Remote Analysis of Ground ObservationsAdvertised on