France: Astrium has entered into an agreement with Google Inc., to provide updated satellite imagery from its Pléiades and SPOT satellites. The new imagery will be used for Google Earth, Google Maps and other Google products and services.
Astrium Services has exclusive access to data from the SPOT, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X and Pléiades satellites. Its package of products and services ranges from generation of images to the provision of high added-value information to end-users. Pléiades 1A and 1B provide 50cm resolution imagery products. The SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 constellation, operated in conjunction with Pléiades, offers 1.5m resolution imagery products. With its four-satellite constellation, Astrium Services offers an image collection capacity of up to 6.5 million square kilometers each day. It is able to image every point of the globe on a daily basis. This agreement will help Google Inc. meet the increased demand of high-resolution satellite imagery.