Hexagon Geospatial has announced that its software will be used for remote sensing analysis and spatial modeling for imagery provided by Spain’s PAZ satellite. Scheduled for launch in a few months, the PAZ satellite is designed to monitor the Earth's surface and support diverse missions from a variety of industries from governmental to commercial. High-resolution mapping, border control, tactical support missions, crisis management, natural disaster risk assessment, environmental monitoring, and marine environment monitoring all had to be supported. The National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) in Spain is the government agency responsible for launching major aerospace projects like PAZ, and is managing all of the spatial modelling and imagery analysis of the data provided by the satellite. With such a broad scope of functionality, the INTA needed a powerful and flexible solution, and Hexagon Geospatial partner Tecnogeo is the solution provider. INTA decided to implement ERDAS IMAGINE which will allow it to perform a wide variety of advanced remote sensing analysis as well as spatial modelling.
“The PAZ satellite will support a wide range of mission requirements, and will be gathering a tremendous amount of imagery and data,” said Claudio Mingrino EMEA Executive Director Hexagon Geospatial. “As such, we are excited to be playing a critical role in helping Spain manage all of this data, and help turn it into actionable information for enhancing decision making.”
Thanks to PAZ’s synthetic aperture radar (SAR) in Banda X military, the satellite will be able to gather more than 100 images each day with up to 1-meter resolution — day and night and without hindrance from meteorological conditions. In addition, given its quasi-polar slightly inclined orbit, PAZ will cover the entire globe in 24 hours. Designed for a mission lasting five and a half years, the satellite will cover an area of more than over 300,000 square km per day.
Souce: Hexagon Geospatial