Spain: Germany-based high-resolution satellite imagery provider, European Space Imaging; and Indra Espacio, a leading company in the Spanish space sector completed a multi-year supply project to the Spanish Ministry of Defense.
The supply project, with Indra Espacio as main contractor, started in September 2008 and involved the provision of more than 1.2 million square km of very high-resolution satellite imagery to the Cartographic Coordination Service for the Multinational Geospatial Co-production Program (MGCP) initiative. Twenty-eight countries are working together in this multinational programme under the coordination of the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
European Space Imaging supplied more than 13 Terabyte of data. Indra Espacio was in charge of satellite image quality control, using their complete workflow for image acquisition, cataloguing image processing and quality acceptance tests. The Cartographic Coordination Service of the Spanish MoD used the data for vector data extraction in a scale of 1:50,000 according to the MGCP Technical Reference Documentation (TRD) for international interoperability between the different national co-producers of this cartography.
Through multinational cooperation MGCP seeks to provide geospatial information to all participating countries concerning different areas of the planet. This information will be useful for coordinating responses in the event of natural catastrophes or humanitarian crises and will also contribute to the assessment of the natural resources of a given area.