IAI is a renowned provider of high-end reconnaissance satellites that offer advanced capabilities in both Electro-Optic (EO) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging. These satellites are designed to enable comprehensive observation and intelligence gathering, providing valuable data for strategic purposes.
The OPTSAT 3000, as part of IAI’s third-generation EO Observation Satellites, is a compact mini-satellite that can be launched into orbit using smaller satellite launchers or as a ride-share payload on larger commercial missions. It builds upon IAI’s extensive experience and expertise in developing observation satellites.
The OPTSAT 3000 is a versatile system that can fulfill a range of applications and meet critical national requirements. Equipped with advanced optical sensors, it enables daytime reconnaissance and utilizes infrared imaging for night observation. Additionally, its SAR imaging capability allows for all-weather, day and night observation, overcoming limitations posed by adverse weather conditions or obscurants.
IAI also provides ground control stations that are specifically designed and built to work in conjunction with the OPTSAT 3000. These ground control stations ensure operational autonomy and full sovereignty for customers, enabling efficient management and control of the satellite system.
Key features of the OPTSAT 3000 include high geo-location accuracy, excellent image quality, agility in satellite maneuvering, and the ability to operate in different imaging modes. These capabilities contribute to the satellite’s effectiveness in fulfilling diverse mission objectives and providing valuable intelligence to its users.
IAI’s TecSAR satellite family serves as a valuable complement to the EO (Electro-Optic) satellites, expanding the observation capabilities in scenarios where EO observation may be limited. Despite its compact size, TecSAR offers enhanced performance and agility compared to equivalent satellites, making it a powerful tool for image intelligence.
TecSAR’s outstanding maneuverability and image resolution contribute to its ability to provide high-quality images. It excels in all weather conditions and at any time of day, thanks to the ELM-2070 lightweight Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) developed by IAI specifically for Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) Image Intelligence (IMINT) Satellites.
The ELM-2070 radar, leveraging the satellite’s maneuverability and multi-beam electronic antenna steering, enables the coverage of large areas and the production of high-resolution SAR images worldwide. It supports various SAR modes, including Scan, Strip, Spot, and Mosaic, which utilize electronic and mechanical steering techniques to obtain highly detailed images and achieve high-resolution coverage of extensive areas. Additional SAR modes further enhance imaging quality and target discrimination.
In addition to the space segment, IAI provides the Ground Imaging Exploitation Segment (IES), which plays a crucial role in the satellite’s operation. The IES allows users to receive raw data from the satellite, process it into SAR images, and distribute the results to relevant agencies. It facilitates automatic target, cluster, or change detections, report generation, and dissemination, enabling efficient and effective exploitation of the SAR imagery for intelligence purposes.
Overall, the TecSAR satellite family, combined with the IES, provides advanced SAR imaging capabilities, delivering high-quality images in various modes and enhancing the observation and intelligence-gathering capabilities of IAI’s satellite systems.