Airbus Defence and Space recently celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of Eagle Vision – its lightweight, field-deployable imagery downlink ground stations. Eagle Vision was designed to rapidly process and distribute satellite imagery in near real-time and, for two and half decades, it has assisted the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard, supporting homeland security, combat mission preparation and disaster relief operations. Eagle Vision facilitates the downloading and processing of unclassified satellite imagery directly in the field, supporting military leaders – even in the most remote areas – and during non-anticipated operations. Today, the system receives imagery from a range of Airbus-owned satellites, including the SPOT 6 & 7, TerraSAR-X, and Pléiades constellations. (It is also able to receive and process Landsat, Radarsat, RapidEye, Cartosat, Ikonos, Cosmo-SkyMed and Resurs-DK data.)
“Today we celebrate 25 years of uninterrupted success – enabling service members, first responders and mission planners to have accurate situational awareness so that they can strategise, execute and deliver mission resources efficiently and effectively,” commented François Lombard, director of the Intelligence Business unit at Airbus Defence and Space.
“Since 1993, Eagle Vision has played a valuable role for the U.S. Air Force and many other entities within the U.S. Government. Its ability to provide near real-time satellite data for information extraction remains a highly-valuable tool in their intelligence arsenal.”
Five Eagle Vision systems have been developed and are maintained 24/7 by Airbus Defence and Space. They are currently assigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany; San Diego Air National Guard Station, California; McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.