Eros all over Iran
The Eros B spy satellite, which was launched into space last week by Israel to monitor Iranian nuclear facilities and activities, has reportedly settled into orbit and has begun sending high-resolution images back to earth.
According to Israel’s Yedioth Ahranot newspaper, the Eros B satellite is fully operational and has begun sending images to earth from the different parts of the world, focusing particularly on Iran.
An Israeli intelligence official who wanted to remain anonymous told that the development of the satellite was “timely,” referring to Iran’s nuclear program; while Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz defined launching the satellite as a major accomplishment.
Mofaz told that Eros B would develop the country’s defense and help Israel stand strong on its own.
The launch took place at the Cosmodrome in Svobodni, Siberia by a Start 1 launcher.
Similar to EROS A, the EROS B will provide better performance. The new satellite is expected to provide services for 8-10 years.
Slightly larger and similar in appearance to EROS A, the new satellite weighs 290 kg and have superior capabilities compared to EROS A, including a larger camera of CCD/TDI type (Charge Coupled Device/Time Delay Integration), with standard panchromatic resolution of 0.70 m at an altitude of about 500 km, a larger on-board recorder, improved pointing accuracy and a faster data communication link.