Munich, Germany, 23 May 2006: The European Space Imaging (EUSI) has announced that it has been awarded a new framework contract by the European Commission for the supply of global Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite imagery. The contract was signed on April 5, 2006 and is valued at 11.4 million EUR (14.5 million USD) over the next four years.
The imagery will be collected by the IKONOS, OrbView and future GeoEye-1 satellites. With this contract, European Space Imaging will remain the European Commission’s largest provider of VHR satellite imagery. The bulk of the imagery will be received and processed at European Space Imaging’s own satellite tasking and ground processing center at the German Aerospace Center’s premises in Oberpfaffenhofen, just outside Munich. From there, data is delivered to customers across Europe minutes after collection using high-speed fiber optic lines.
The IKONOS and OrbView imagery products will be used for the Commission’s agricultural control programme and in support of the European Union’s humanitarian and security projects around the globe.