The Deimos-1 satellite captures unpublished images of the
volcanic sea stain near El Hierro Island
Madrid, 24 October 2011. The Deimos-1 Earth observation
satellite, launched in space by Elecnor in July 2009,
captured an image of the volcanic sea stain caused by the
submarine eruption occurring over the past few days at El
As the Deimos-1 satellite image displays, captured only
yesterday, the large sea stain is extending south from the
island towards the Atlantic Ocean. It has not affected the
rest of El Hierro but is now larger than the island's
total surface area.
The Deimos-1 satellite is the first European Earth
observation satellite to be privately funded in its entirety.
It was developed by Elecnor Deimos, the Elecnor technology
division, to obtain high- resolution images of the Earth for
subsequent processing and use in various applications, such
as agriculture, the environment, defence, climate change,
deforestation, the fight against natural disasters and water
The satellite's main instrument is a set of 6 cameras
facing the Earth, which can acquire images on
3 different spectrum bands with a detail of 22 metres. The
Deimos-1 satellite provides added value to this space segment
nearing the 20-metre mark, such as the wide sweep of its
images close on
640 km, among other factors.
Elecnor implements projects related to infrastructure,
renewable energy and new technology. It has 10,000 employees
and operates in over 20 countries.
José Herrero: firstname.lastname@example.org
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