Jul 30, 2009

DMCii upgrades global imaging services with two new satellites

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DMC International Imaging Ltd (DMCii) announces the successful launch of next generation DMC imaging satellites UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1. The new satellites increase the DMC imaging capacity twenty-fold, enabling DMCii to image the whole world several times per year. A direct downlink reception service is also now available for customers with compatible ground stations.

DMCii provides a rapid response satellite imaging service from the coordinated constellation of DMC satellites many diverse applications, including precision agriculture, deforestation mapping and disaster response. The two new satellites launched into the DMC satellite constellation on 29th July 2009 will ensure data continuity for existing users and enhance DMCii’s satellite-based imaging services. The service will be further enhanced when two new satellites, NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X, are launched in 2010.

The upgraded DMC multispectral optical imagers used on the two new satellites acquire more detailed pictures using 20 metre pixels compared to the 32 metre pixel imagers currently in use. The unique 650km swath width is retained, providing contiguous images of large areas.

Advances in technology since the first generation satellites were launched in 2003 enable DMCii to acquire images with double the number of pixels per hectare, and with a greatly improved image quality for demanding end user applications. Improved optics and sensors provide significantly better Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) giving much crisper images, with data depth improved from 8 to 10 bits enabling more detailed image analysis. The well established cross-calibration of the DMC constellation ensures that data is highly calibrated and the differences between satellites are less than 0.5%, continuing the excellent daily remote sensing capability.

The two satellites, which launched together on a Dnepr launcher from Baikonur, were built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd for DMC International Imaging Ltd., and Deimos Imaging in Spain.

About DMC International Imaging Ltd

DMC International Imaging Ltd (DMCii) is a UK based supplier of remote sensing data products and services for international Earth Observation (EO) markets. DMCii supplies programmed and archived optical satellite imagery provided by the multi-satellite Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC). DMC data is now used in a wide variety of commercial and government applications including agriculture, forestry and environmental mapping.

In partnership with the British National Space Centre (BNSC) and the other DMC member nations (Algeria, China, Nigeria, Turkey and Spain), DMCii works with the International Charter: ‘Space and Major Disasters’ to provide free satellite imagery for humanitarian use in the event of major international disasters such as tsunami, hurricanes, fires and flooding.

DMCii was formed in October 2004 and is a subsidiary of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, the world leader in small satellite technology. SSTL designed and built the DMC with the support of the BNSC and in conjunction with the DMC member nations Algeria, China, Nigeria, Turkey and Spain.

Notes to editor:
This press release can be downloaded from www.ballard.co.uk/dmcii

Press contacts:
Robin Wolstenholme, Ballard Communications Management
Tel: +44 (0)1306 882288
Email: r.wolstenholme@ballard.co.uk

Paul Stephens,
Sales & Marketing Director, DMC International Imaging Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0)1483 804299
Email: p.stephens@dmcii.com