Paris, France: Astrium Services has signed a ten-year partnership with the Russian research and development centre ScanEx for the reception and distribution rights on the upcoming SPOT 6 and 7 satellites. This partnership, which also provides ScanEx the exclusive reception and distribution rights on the SPOT 5 satellite, is part of a long term cooperation programme between Astrium and Russian industry.
ScanEx is now the exclusive regional partner throughout the Russian Federation for the SPOT 4 & 5 satellites and the upcoming SPOT 6 and 7 satellites, guaranteeing continued access to high-resolution optical data. This exclusivity over the next ten years will enable ScanEx to secure access to high-resolution data until 2019.
Eric Béranger, CEO, Astrium Services, said “We officially announced the funding for the SPOT 6 & 7 programme in June 2009. This is the first time in the remote-sensing industry that satellites have been developed through entirely private funding. This partnership will ensure that ScanEx has secure, long-term access to high resolution data. This important contract, signed two years before the launch of SPOT 6 is a strong signal of confidence in our long term strategy.”
Vladimir Gershenzon, ScanEx General Director, said: “The long term exclusivity on high resolution imagery over the Russian Federation will enable us to access high resolution SPOT data cheaper and faster and to foster the development of transversal thematic applications at both regional and national levels. This partnership will reinforce ScanEx’s key position in the Russian space data market.”
The SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellite constellation builds upon the heritage of the SPOT 5 satellite that was launched in 2002, providing high resolution data at a resolution of 2.5 metres. SPOT 6 and 7’s optical sensors will retain a 60-kilometre swath of coverage with an improved resolution of 1.5 meters and a daily acquisition capability of six million square kilometres.