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.
This latest partnership builds upon Spot Image’s long standing collaboration with ScanEx that began with distribution rights for imagery from the SPOT 2 and 4 satellites. This was followed in 2008 when ScanEx was granted reception and distribution rights for the SPOT 5 and Formosat-2 satellites over the Russian Federation and Belarus. Data delivered by SPOT satellites are widely used in Russia for mapping, forestry and disaster management. In summer 2010, images from SPOT 4 and 5 were used for burnt areas assessment after the fire season in Russia.
Taking full advantage of the resources and skills offered by Spot Image and Infoterra, the Geo-information division of Astrium Services has become a recognised world leader in the geo-information market by offering decision-makers sustainable solutions to increase security, protect the environment, and better manage natural resources. It has exclusive access to SPOT and TerraSAR-X satellite data, while also calling on a full gamut of space data sources and airborne acquisition capabilities, enabling it to offer an unrivalled combination of Earth observation products and services. Its portfolio spans the entire geo-information value chain.
By building on the synergy of Astrium Services, the Geo-information division can also develop innovative solutions combining Earth observation, navigation and communication applications at competitive prices.