News Release

Feb 22, 2024The first image of the secondary telephoto of the micro-satellite “CE-SAT-IE” was successfully captured!

We are pleased to announce the release of the first image taken by Canon’s PowerShot S110 compact digital camera, which is mounted on the CE-SAT-IE as a secondary telephoto for wide-area photography, “Gulf of California taken from the sky over the United States”.

This image was taken on February 19, 2024 at 2:26 a.m. (JST), two days after launch.

The image depicts the outline of the earth and the 1000 km long, colorful Gulf of California registered as a World National Heritage Site, also called “the aquarium of the world,” as well as a group of rich nature preserves.

CE-SAT-IE was launched on February 17, 2024 (JST) and established communication with the ground station as scheduled on the same day, and the initial operation check of the onboard equipment after orbit insertion is progressing smoothly.

We will also aim to acquire high resolution images using the primary telephoto which combines an aperture 40 cm telescope with a Canon’s EOS R5 digital camera. The high-resolution images are taken from an orbital altitude of 670 km and are expected to have a ground sampling distance about 80 cm, and are expected to contribute to the safety and security of society by the collection of geospatial information and disaster prevention activities.

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