Astrium signs first Pléiades contract with PASCO

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  • Partnership agreement between Astrium Services and Japanese geospatial solutions provider PASCO
  • First contract for very high resolution satellite imagery products at 50cm
  • Near-real time applications – data available within 30 minutes

Paris, 09 September 2011 - Astrium Services and Japanese geospatial solutions provider PASCO have signed a partnership agreement – the first for the Pléiades constellation for very-high-resolution satellite imagery.

The partnership agreement between PASCO CORPORATION and Astrium Services gives the company access to Pléiades solutions and technologies. The agreement reflects PASCO’s confidence in the growth of the very-high-resolution market, with imagery acquired by highly agile and responsive satellites. In Japan, PASCO will distribute 50-cm resolution products from the Pléiades constellation as well as innovative services to support near-real-time applications.

As a subscriber to Pléiades Direct Access Services, PASCO will offer its customers preferential access to Pléiades data. The satellite’s extreme agility coupled with multiple acquisition modes makes the Pléiades system very responsive to specific user requirements. Local production units will be able to deliver ortho-rectified products within 30 minutes. In addition, the image acquisition and production interface ensures the highest levels of efficiency and confidentiality.

« Adding Pléiades to our portfolio of satellite products enables us to guarantee to our customers the best optical solutions. And the combination of Pléiades and TerraSAR-X data will contribute gathering detailed information of the nation’s natural disasters such as earthquake and floods, and will mean we can develop new and advanced solutions to further fulfil the information requirements of our valued customers,» said Mr Yoichi Sugimoto, President & CEO of PASCO CORPORATION.

« Our Japanese partners will now be able to offer ready-to-use imagery in one hour from the time of tasking: cutting-edge reactivity for satellites in this class, » said Patrick Le Roch, GEO-Information Director at Astrium Services, « This coupled with a product resolution of 50cm will provide Japan with an outstanding solution for precision mapping as well as crisis management ».

The partnership between PASCO and Astrium Services was established in 2003, when the Japanese company acquired a Pixel Factory™, Astrium’s unique industrial system used to produce 3D mapping products. In 2005, PASCO became the exclusive distributor of TerraSAR-X radar satellite data to the Japanese market. The 2011 Pléiades distribution agreement marks a new phase in this successful long-term collaboration between the two companies.


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Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2010, Astrium had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and Astrium Services for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

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