France: A UK start-up company GeoCento, an alumnus of ESA Business Incubation Centre Harwell has developed a new service to make satellite earth images easily available to customers. Their web-based service EarthImages will target the growing demand to have better and faster tools to search and access imagery from the wide range of earth observation satellites.
“With many earth imaging satellites already in orbit and the launch according to our estimates in the coming decade of over 250 new ones with an increasingly sophisticated range of instruments, it is not easy to find the best images with exactly the information needed for a specific case,” said GeoCento Managing Director Kim Partington.
With an idea to simplify this, Kim Partington and his two partners Thomas Lefort and Felipe-Martin Crespo founded GeoCento in 2011, each bringing different expertise to the challenge of effective satellite image planning and access.
“Earth observation has demonstrated great capabilities, but in order to fulfil its market potential, effective tools are needed to help users to search and select data from the growing sources and types available,” said Partington. “EarthImages will provide this. Being a broker service, we are impartial, effectively acting on behalf of the users.”
Images from a number of satellites will be made available by the company, such as the one above from the Namib Desert”s sand seas, taken by Korea’s Kompsat-2. Earth Images will be underpinned by multisatellite mission planning technology SaVoir, from Felipe Martin Crespo’s Italian company Taitus Software.