November 4, 2002 – SPOT IMAGE, S.A. and Raytheon Australia signed a three-year Channel Partnership contract for exclusive SPOT distribution rights to all Australian clients. This includes the distribution of all SPOT products and services to government, commercial and academic markets. Raytheon Australia is a subsidiary of Raytheon Corporation in the U.S.
Managing Director of Raytheon Australia, Mr. Ron Fisher said, “This agreement with Spot Image will allow our imagery and geospatial systems unit to provide market specific solutions through its exploitation and distribution centre in Canberra. Our aim is to develop a network of regionally based partners capable of working directly with users to deliver tailored products that live up to Raytheon Australia’s commitment to this growing market segment such as agriculture and environmental management through the creation of standard products based on SPOT data ranging from 2.5 to 20 meter resolution.”
Raytheon will manage the reception, archiving and processing of SPOT telemetry from the SPOT 2, 4 and 5 satellites using an Australian-based receiving station. This includes the installation of a SPOT 5 terminal for reception and high-speed processing of imagery from the latest satellite. This equipment will provide same day critical imagery anywhere in Australia. Raytheon will have access to the 10M+ scenes in the SPOT archive from all SPOT satellites, dating back to 1986.
SPOT’s “Channel Partner” concept is based on business partners who are willing to make a long-term commitment to SPOT in exchange for exclusive rights in some of the largest global markets or regions. In addition to Raytheon Australia, other SPOT Channel Partnerships include:
- DigitalGlobe – U.S. Defense and Agriculture markets
- RESOURCE21 – U.S. civilian government markets
- IUNCTUS Geomatics – All Canadian markets
- ImageOne – Japanese national security market
- BSA Ingenierie – All markets in Mauritania, Senegal Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Gambia.