Project: Optical payload for EagleEye microsatellite

Project: Optical payload for EagleEye microsatellite


Scanway is developing optical payload for space application within the “EagleEye microsatellite project” activity.

Our task:

We are responisble for developing optical payload – the biggest telescope ever designed and constructed in Poland. It will have extraordinary parameters and is being developed according to Space 4.0 and ESA methodologies, with the support of external reviewers.


Scanway Projekt EagleEye - prace laboratoryjne

What is EagleEye?

EagleEye is a 50 kilogram microsatellite which is based on HyperSat platform. It allows development of various kinds of space missions – in this case it is Earth Observation. All the crucial subsystems of the satellite, i.e. OBC, AOCS computer, EPS, structure and of course telescope is being developed in Poland.

Optical telescope in EagleEye

Microsatellite will be integrated with our multispectral high resolution telescope. It will allow acquiring images with 1 m GSD in visible spectrum (VIS) and in near infrared (NIR). To boost the better quality and performance neural network algorithms will be implemented into the payload.


What is important, during the development of EagleEye we are using experience and lessons learned from ScanSAT project. All those technological and optical solutions which were built in ScanSAT are now transferred to the development process of EagleEye’s instrument.


Use of the novel technologies and materials will allow the athermalization of the whole payload which is very crucial for optics working in space. Currently we are finishing our design activities and first tests of the telescope are planned for the end of this year.

Purpose of the project:

To develop an optical payload capable of acquiring images with 1 m GSD in VIS and NIR.


EagleEye satellite is scheduled to fly in 2023, which means that the whole project will reach TRL 9. This universal satellite platform in future will allow testing and quick implementation of the microsatellite payloads.

Project assumptions:

  • Dedicated and tailored optics,
  • GSD 1 m in VIS from 350 km SSO,
  • Athermalization of the structure,
  • Scaleable solution,
  • Newest materials and technologies,
  • COTS and ITAR-FREE approach,
  • Capability to integrate different sensors (e.g. TDI) which can also work in the different spectra (SWIR).

Timeline and partners:

Project will fly into the space in 2023.


EagleEye is developed together with Creotech Instruments S.A. (leader of the consortium) and Space Research Center (CBK PAN).

EU support:

Project is co-funded with the EU money within the activity “EagleEye microsatellite system”.

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