Airbus strengthens its EO portfolio, adds DMC Data

Airbus strengthens its EO portfolio, adds DMC Data


Germany, November 6, 2014: Airbus Defence and Space has announced that through its Geo-Intelligence programme line, the company would offer data and application services of DMC International Imaging (DMCii) UK. DMCii is a 100% subsidiary of Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) which itself is a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space.

The move strengthens the earth observation portfolio of Airbus as the two DMC satellites, which deliver 22m-resolution, 650km-swath Earth imagery, are capable of acquiring more than 10 million sqkm per day.

With its coordinated DMC satellites, DMCii specialises in rapidly programmable acquisition campaigns to meet requirements for up-to-date very-large-area imagery – a valuable expansion to Airbus Defence and Space’s fleet of very-high and high-resolution sensors.

Bernhard Brenner, Head of the Geo-Intelligence Programme Line at Airbus Defence and Space, said, “We are very excited to now have a British element in our constellation. This reflects the strong presence we have had in this country through our geo-intelligence teams for many decades.”

“With DMCii offering large acquisition capacities at 22m resolution, we are able to address the requirements of customers that require regular very-large area coverages and monitoring programmes. This is especially relevant within our current primary markets of agriculture, environment and forestry,” said Martin Philp, General Manager of DMCii.

“Collaborating with Airbus Defence and Space’s Geo-Intelligence programme line will enable DMCii to access the global market for DMC data more effectively and offer customers a wider range of value-added services,” said the Chairman of DMCii and SSTL, Martin Sweeting.

DMCii, based in Guildford, England, will continue to deliver to its international customers the level of service and expertise to which they have become accustomed.

Airbus Defence and Space’s Constellation of Earth observation satellites already comprises three sets of satellite twins, the very-high-resolution Pléiades twins, high-resolution SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 and the weather-independent radar satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X. The next extension is already on the horizon as the Spanish PAZ (owned and operated by HisdeSAT) is scheduled for an early 2015 launch.

Source: Airbus Defence and Space