Name ALISIO (Advanced and Light Satellite for Infrared Observations)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status not launched, expected in 2023
Organisation IACTec SPACE - Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Institution Institute
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation Spain
Manufacturer AIVT by Open Cosmos
Operator Open Cosmos
Launch brokerer D-Orbit

SWIR instrument and test a magnetic measurement card useful for LISA.


Help us position ourselves in the market, learn what a project of this style entails and carry out the first launch of a Canarian satellite at the end of 2019, early 2020. ALISIO will have as first objective observations in the SWIR range and as a secondary objective to test a magnetic measurement card useful for LISA. DRAGO (Demonstrator for the Remote Analysis of Ground Observations) a SWIR instrument.

The main payload, the camera called DRAGO-2, has been fully developed by IACTEC-Espacio, and operates in the SWIR (Short Wave InfraRed) range between 1.0 and 1.7 µm. It is an improved version of its predecessor, DRAGO-1.   Its data will allow measurements to be made in the short wave range both in the Canary Islands and in other parts of the world and will allow IACTEC-Espacio to deepen its research on the different applications of this sensor.

Among others, the ALISIO-1 satellite will provide relevant information for:

  • Monitoring of the state of vegetation/crops.
  • Monitoring of urban development.
  • Monitoring of discharges in known areas (e.g. oil platforms).
  • Support in firefighting (detection of hot spots and line of fire).
  • The evaluation of flooded areas.

In terms of communications, it will be a pioneer in the establishment of optical Space-Earth communications.

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Last modified: 2023-06-09
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