Germany: European Space Imaging (EUSI) has signed an agreement with Emirates Space Imaging (ESI) to host a ground station and deliver products and services from the new Skybox Imaging (Skybox) SkySat constellation. ESI has given European Space Imaging the distribution rights for Europe, North Africa and CIS countries. EUSI’s parent company Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) has also entered into a similar arrangement for the Middle East region. Both companies will soon start delivering global, timely, sub-meter resolution satellite imagery and high-resolution, high-definition video to a wide range of customers.
Under this agreement, European Space Imaging will host a compact ground station, named SkyNode that consists of a 2.4 meter antenna and two racks of supporting equipment. European Space Imaging’s SkyNode for the direct tasking of the SkySat satellites is currently under construction at the Oberpfaffenhofen premises of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and is expected to be operational by May 2014. Directly accessing this small-footprint system through a suite of easy-to-use software applications will enable EUSI to schedule, task, image, downlink, and process imagery and video products captured from the Skybox constellation of up to 24 satellites and deliver to customers with record speed and efficiency. “As a leading provider of geospatial solutions in Europe for more than a decade we have a reputation for offering excellent service combined with accessing the most advanced satellite technology available. This agreement will give a boost to the European market by providing our customers access to a comprehensive suite of satellites offering timely, high-resolution, high-quality imagery and video products and allowing multiple daily access and simplified tasking and ordering services,” said Adrian Zevenbergen, European Space Imaging Managing Director.
Source: European Space Imaging