Open Cosmos, the UK-based startup dedicated to leveraging satellite technology for climate change efforts, has achieved another milestone with the successful launch of its fourth satellite this year. The latest addition, named ALISIO-1 (Advanced Land-Imaging Satellite for Infrared Observations), aims to monitor volcanic activity and wildfires in the Canary Islands.
Part of the ESA PIONEER Programme, ALISIO-1 is a compact 6U satellite designed for the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. Its primary payload, DRAGO-2, is a compact uncooled camera operating in the Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) range, providing non-visible observations crucial for volcano and wildlife monitoring, oil spill detection, and desertification control.
One of ALISIO-1’s notable features is its optical communications terminal, enabling space-Earth communications using laser beams. This technology offers enhanced data transfer capabilities and increased security compared to traditional radio-frequency methods.
Florian Deconinck, VP for Growth at Open Cosmos, highlighted the digitalization of various mission lifecycle processes as a key factor in delivering space missions more efficiently. Open Cosmos emphasizes innovation and collaboration with ESA to address significant challenges in Earth monitoring and space communications.
ALISIO-1 joins other space collaborators such as Platero, focused on monitoring the environmental impact of farming in Andalusia, and MANTIS, which produces high-resolution images of logistics, energy infrastructure, and natural resources.
Open Cosmos continues to make strides in the space industry, with plans to contribute to the Atlantic Constellation project and having raised an additional €50 million in its latest funding round in September. The startup remains dedicated to advancing space technology for environmental monitoring and sustainable solutions.