Intermap Technologies Corporation announced that it has provided senior technical staff to the Italian consortium TELAER, to help in its efforts to detect and monitor oil from the sunken tanker ship Prestige off the coast of Spain. TELAER, established by the Italian companies Alenia Spazio S.p.A. and Telespazio S.p.A. is helping to fulfil Italy’s commitment to aid the Spanish government in the detection and prevention of environmental damage from the spill. TELAER is monitoring the oil pollution using its Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) system mounted in a Learjet 35. Intermap’s assistance to the European team’s effort includes operations support, in-flight operation of the SAR system with its real time image processor and carrying out the post flight field processing of the collected oil spill data.
The SAR system is the appropriate sensor to monitor the oil pollution, as it is independent from weather conditions as well as being able to monitor the oil spill day or night. The real time processor of the SAR system on board the aircraft provides up-to-the-minute information on the oil spill and its movement allowing immediate post flight analysis of the radar images. The target areas for the oil spill monitoring include the site of the sunken tanker ship “Prestige” as well as the surroundings in the direction to the Spanish town of Vigo, Galizia.
Using its proprietary IFSAR technology, Intermap is employed worldwide by governments and private industry to acquire data over large areas accurately, quickly and economically. The Company uses this data to generate maps, terrain elevation data and orthorectified images in several automated production facilities. Intermap is building a global database of digital elevation models.