We are talking about REC, or Real-time Earth-observation Constellation. The system will be built by SatRevolution and it will consist of 1024 devices. Thanks to them, anyone interested will have access to the latest images of the surface of our country, as well as data from various areas of life. Updates of measurement and observation data are to take place less than every 30 minutes. The images are to have a resolution of 50 cm.
The most important element in building the entire constellation on Earth's orbit is to be low cost. SatRevolution's representatives estimate that the project will be 100 times cheaper than building a traditional constellation of full-size satellites. In fact, the technologies of microdevices no longer differ in terms of technology. That is why they are becoming more and more popular among companies from all over the world.
The deorbitation systems developed by Poles will also help to get rid of the problem of space debris, something that currently keeps the eyes of space agencies, many organizations and companies awake at night. After 3 years, when the REC microsatellites stop working, they will leave their orbits and will burn in the atmosphere. New ones will appear in their place and so on. This is the best way for sustainable development in space. Poland has a chance to become a role model for the entire planet in this matter.
REC devices will have cameras, sensors and computing units supported by artificial intelligence algorithms on board. With its observation constellation SatRevolution wants to enable government agencies, organizations and companies to collect the latest information about areas of interest to them in Poland and the entire planet. Such a system will find application in forecasting natural disasters, mapping, monitoring the atmosphere, and even supporting the development of smart cities.
It is worth emphasizing here that the REC project already has considerable financing and will certainly be implemented within the prescribed period. The National Center for Research and Development (NCBR), at the beginning of this year, allocated PLN 33 million from the European Regional Development Fund to the development of the first Polish satellite constellation.
The REC project has recently attracted Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit. She offered the Poles help in bringing an entire constellation of satellites to Earth's orbit for reasonable money. The devices will be on board the new LauncherOne rocket, which will be launched from the in-flight Boeing 747-400 Cosmic Girl. The latest information from Virgin Orbit shows that the company will carry out another flight of cargoes into orbit in the next few Hyperlinks site (see here).
SatRevolution announced that the first batch of the constellation consisting of 8 ScopeSat satellites is to be in space in 2 years. Hundreds of new devices will be taken out in the coming years. These are not the only great plans of Polish companies and universities. There are plans to build other advanced satellites that will help our country join the world elite of countries constantly expanding their space installations.