In early November, Astrium brought together its Direct Reception Services (DRS) partners in Napa, California. For three days, the over 70 participants at this year’s meeting engaged in substantial information exchange and vivid discussions, while also enjoying an exceptionally warm and sunny start of November in Napa Valley.
Astrium’s DRS network has come a long way since the first partner signed up in 1986. With 27 DRS partners operating 48 stations around the globe, Astrium today has the largest DRS network in the world – and all these partners are preparing for new opportunities.
With Astrium’s latest additions to the satellite fleet, Pléiades 1A and SPOT 6, as well as their respective twins Pléiades 1B (now in orbit) and SPOT 7 (coming early 2014), a genuine four-satellite constellation offers the DRS partners access to fresh imagery every day.
The first contracts for Pléiades direct reception are already up and running, while SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 direct reception agreements have been signed and relevant updates are currently being implemented. When SPOT 6 commercial operations commence in early 2013, the first stations will already be equipped and ready to receive SPOT 6 data, and about one-third of the partners are now getting ready to follow in the coming months.