28 July 2006: DMC International Imaging Ltd. (DMCii), coordinator of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) has won a €1.6 million framework contract to acquire cloud-free data for the European Commission Control with Remote Sensing (CwRS) programme.
DMCii had begun delivering images for CwRS, Europe’s premier operational Remote Sensing application, in June. The programme, run by the EC Joint Research Centre at Ispra, Italy uses imaging data from selected satellites to administer agricultural funding under the Common Agricultural Policy.
DMCii delivers 32 metre data for monitoring agriculture, using Landsat spectral bands 2, 3 & 4. The 600km wide DMC images capture multiple targets in a single shot, rapidly collecting cloud-free data using daily revisit from the coordinated constellation. The data is also of high quality – radiometrically and geometrically corrected.
The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) includes satellites from Algeria, China, Nigeria, Turkey and UK. With several satellites working together, the DMC is able to gather images of a given location daily, thus mitigating cloud cover and monitoring dynamic or rapidly changing phenomena.