(14 February 2014) Emirates Space Imaging (ESI) today announced the execution of a multi-year agreement with Skybox Imaging to deliver timely, sub-meter resolution satellite imagery and high-resolution, high-definition video to Middle East, Europe and North Africa.
Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) and European Space Imaging (EUSI) have been assigned to implement operations within their respective regions.
Under this agreement, ESI has purchased two compact ground stations, named SkyNodes, that each consists of a 2.4 meter antenna and two racks of supporting equipment. The small-footprint system and complete software suite of easy-to-use applications will enable SIME and EUSI to schedule, task, image, downlink, and process imagery and video products captured from the Skybox constellation. The two ground stations will be located near Abu Dhabi and Munich.
“We are pleased to bring Skybox’s capabilities to the Middle Eastern, European and North African regions. The vision of Skybox and the future applications and information that it will bring to the market is very exciting,” said ESI Director of Operations Fady Al Assaad. “Skybox’s frequent access to full-motion video and imagery will allow us to introduce a new generation of remote sensing into the regions.”
“Customers in these regions have a need for the right information at the right time. This is more than what the current market can provide,” said Skybox Senior Director, International Sales, Brian Leslie. “Our constellation approach combined with our web-scale data platform will provide the access to address that demand. SIME and EUSI have each been long-standing, leading providers of geospatial solutions for more than a decade. We are looking forward to working with them to grow the markets in these regions with more timely, high-resolution, high-quality imagery and video products.”
SkySat-1, Skybox’s first satellite of the planned 24-satellite constellation, was successfully launched on November 21, 2013, and is currently undergoing calibration. SkySat-1 captures sub-meter resolution color imagery, as well as high-resolution, full motion video. SkySat-2 and SkySat-3 are planned for launch in mid 2014 and early 2015, with the first block launch of 6 additional satellites planned for late 2015.
About Emirates Space Imaging (ESI)
Emirates Space Imaging offers geospatial solutions and innovative products, solutions and services from Skybox in both Middle East and Europe. It also has a diverse network of technological and commercial partners.
About Space Imaging Middle East (SIME)
Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) is a leading total geospatial solutions provider and the first to provide commercial high-resolution satellite imagery products in the region with a geographic coverage that spans the Middle East, Eastern Africa and Central Asia. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Dubai, the company offers a comprehensive suite of products and services that integrate all the elements related to the imagery value chain, ranging from high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery collection and processing, to highly customized GIS software solutions.
About European Space Imaging (EUSI)
European Space Imaging is the leading supplier of very high-resolution (VHR) satellite imagery across Europe and North Africa. European Space Imaging is the only European satellite data provider operating a multi-mission capable ground station, enabling optimized collection strategies, flexibility and real-time weather assessments throughout Europe and North Africa. Since 2002 European Space Imaging has provided access to the latest, most advanced VHR satellites available and services to customers throughout their region.
About Skybox Imaging
Skybox Imaging (Skybox) empowers global businesses to make better decisions with timely, high fidelity imagery and infinite analytics. By combining the power of web technologies and a constellation of high-resolution imaging satellites, Skybox is generating a unique data source describing daily global activity with timely, accessible, sub-meter color imagery and high definition video of the Earth. Founded in 2009, Skybox Imaging is backed by leading venture firms and comprised of internet and aerospace professionals.
(source: Emirates Space Imaging)