|Mission type||Optical imaging|
DMC International Imaging
|Mission duration||5 years (expected)|
|Launch mass||120 kilograms (260 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||29 July 2009, 18:46:29UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 109/95|
|Perigee altitude||665 kilometres (413 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||667 kilometres (414 mi)|
|Epoch||25 January 2015, 04:51:21 UTC|
UK-DMC 2 is a British Earth imaging satellite which is operated by DMC International Imaging. It was constructed by Surrey Satellite Technology, based on the SSTL-100 satellite bus. It is part of Britain's contribution to the Disaster Monitoring Constellation, which is coordinated by DMC International Imaging. It is the successor to the UK-DMC satellite.
UK DMC-2 was launched into a sun-synchronous low Earth orbit. The launch was conducted by ISC Kosmotras, using a Dnepr carrier rocket, with DubaiSat-1 being the primary payload. UK-DMC 2, along with the Deimos-1, Nanosat 1B, AprizeSat-3 and AprizeSat-4 satellites, were the rocket's secondary payload. The launch occurred at 18:46 GMT on 29 July 2009, with the rocket lifting off from Site 109/95 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The satellite has a mass of 120 kilograms (260 lb) and a design life of five years. It carries a multi-spectral imager with a resolution of 22 metres (72 ft) and 660 kilometres (410 mi) of swath, operating in green, red and near infrared spectra.
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