SATLANTIS Launches HORACIO, Its Sixth Mission and Third Full-Solution Satellite for Infrared and Visible Earth Observation (SATLANTIS)

SATLANTIS Launches HORACIO, Its Sixth Mission and Third Full-Solution Satellite for Infrared and Visible Earth Observation

SATLANTIS, a leading global provider of advanced Earth Observation technologies, announced its sixth mission with the launch of the HORACIO satellite on March 4, aboard SpaceX’s Transporter-10 mission on a Falcon9 rocket, a ride-share flight along with other satellites to a Sun-Synchronous Orbit 520-590 km above Earth. The launch took place from the Space Force Base in California.

The company headquarters are located in Bilbao, Spain, within the University of the Basque Country Science Park, and UF startup SATLANTIS LLC is based within UF Innovate | Accelerate at The Hub. The startup licenses technology by Dr. Bo Zhao and his team in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Astronomy.

HORACIO is a 16U CubeSat with a high-resolution camera, the iSIM-90, which offers simultaneous coverage in the visible and near-infrared (NIR and SWIR) spectra, a resolution of up to 2m, a swath of 14km, 4 bands in the visible and 6 in the infrared. It is a comprehensive fast-track mission that enables a wide range of applications, such as infrastructure surveillance, unique capabilities for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions (such as methane detection and quantification), food security, and coastline and border recognition, among others.

“Our focus on agility and smart maneuvers is unique in the market and is based on deep knowledge of image processing and its relationship with orthorectification, high precision georeferencing, multiband radiometric calibration, and operation from our multi-satellite control center,” says Juan Tomás Hernani, CEO of SATLANTIS.

“We optimize data downlink through integrated artificial intelligence techniques in the download point network, from the North Pole to Australia. We can confidently say that HORACIO is the most powerful and impactful 16U Earth Observation CubeSat in the market, far surpassing its competitors,” concludes Hernani.

The HORACIO mission represents a significant advancement for SATLANTIS in continuing to lead Earth Observation technologies. This mission enables multiple applications and strengthens its specializations by deploying satellites designed to address current environmental challenges supporting environmental monitoring solutions, among other fundamental purposes for the planet.

“HORACIO is our third satellite in orbit, but as it could not be otherwise, it is an evolution of our previous satellites, with greater image acquisition capacity, a wider swath, and will spend twice as much time in orbit as in previous missions,” Aitor Conde, CTO at SATLANTIS, commented after the launch. “We expect to take advantage of this satellite for the next 10 years. The launch was nominal and without surprises, yet, as always, very exciting.

“Now the satellite is performing its first operations, deploying solar panels and antennas, and we hope to obtain the first images after the satellite’s setup, which will occur in less than a week. HORACIO joins the constellation of satellites launched by SATLANTIS.”

Learn more about SATLANTIS’ latest satellite launch here.


SATLANTIS, based in Gainesville, Florida, USA, Spain (SATLANTIS Microsats), the UK (with Supersharp), and France, is the leading global provider of advanced Earth Observation missions specialized in developing high-resolution Earth observation payloads for microsatellites, counting on a set of technologies with simultaneous visible, infrared, polarimetry and video capabilities.

The company’s commitment to precision and innovation drives its mission, providing actionable insights for various applications, including long linear infrastructures, agriculture, environmental monitoring, disaster response and energy-related applications such as methane measurements.

SATLANTIS counts with the successful completion of its sixth consecutive flight, achieving
a remarkable 100% success rate.

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