Spot Image and ImageONE have recently signed a commercial partnership agreement giving ImageONE exclusive rights to distribute FORMOSAT-2 data to the entire Japanese market. The agreement also grants three minutes per day priority reservation of the satellite’s resources on the orbit west of Japan. The FORMOSAT-2 Earth-observation satellite was launched by Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), the country’s space agency, in May 2004. It provides black-and-white images at two-metre resolution and colour images at eight-metre resolution. The NSPO has chosen Spot Image as exclusive global distributor of FORMOSAT-2 products and services outside Taiwan and China.
The Spot Image group is headquartered in Toulouse, France, has five subsidiaries and three offices. It draws on a global network of ground receiving stations, channel partners and distributors to provide users with multi-resolution optical and radar imagery. The density of this network makes it possible to bring solutions and support to public- and private-sector decision-makers anywhere in the world. ImageONE Co. Ltd has been active in the Japanese Earth-observation market as a supplier of EO satellite ground receiving stations for over 10 years.