European Space Imaging announced that the company has signed a framework contract with the European Community titled “Supply of Satellite Remote Sensing Data to European Institutes Services”.
Under this framework contract European Space Imaging will provide high-resolution global IKONOS imagery for operational and research activities of the European Commission, especially within the institutes of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy. The contract will have a duration of 2 years with the possibility of a successive extension of another year.
The Commission services are interested in using the high-resolution satellite remote sensing data for the assessment and monitoring of land use and infrastructure, disaster and hazard mitigation, geophysical mapping, environmental mapping and planning, and marine and coastal zone monitoring, mainly within but also beyond Europe’s borders.
The invitation to tender was conducted by the Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen (IPSC) at JRC. This is the first time that the Joint Research Centre issued a tender for high resolution imagery. European Space Imaging’s ground station has been tasking and collecting for European Commission projects since April 2003.
European Space Imaging’s imagery product line is derived from IKONOS, the world’s first commercial high-resolution imaging satellite. Launched in September 1999 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, IKONOS has revolutionized the geographical information industry. With a ground resolution of just 82 centimeter, and positional accuracy of 1 meter horizontally, this represents the most accurate satellite imagery data currently available to commercial users. Space Imaging’s next generation high-resolution satellite system is currently under development and will be operational in 2006.