RapidEye Enters the U.S. Governmental Arena

German Satellite Imagery Provider RapidEye Partners with U.S. Distributor MakaLani

RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate their own satellite constellation, announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with MakaLani, LLC of Honolulu, Hawaii, to be one of their distributors in the United States. They will be a distributor for RapidEye satellite imagery for the U.S. Governmental market, particularly for the defense, intelligence community and homeland security.

Wolfgang Biedermann, CEO of RapidEye, commented, “We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with Mr. Pires and his team to provide the U.S. Government market with high resolution imagery. The common vision of our partnership will help us to raise awareness in this market and strengthen our global position as a geospatial solutions and data provider.”

Charlie Pires, Chairman and CEO of MakaLani, said, “MakaLani is extremely proud to be the distributor of RapidEye data products in the U.S. Government market. We are sure that this partnership will produce many promising opportunities and a new customer base for RapidEye’s data products. The RapidEye system delivers high quality satellite imagery, and we are convinced that this will also benefit our partnership.”

About MakaLani, LLC
MakaLani, LLC is a subsidiary of HM LLC a Hawaiian owned and operated business
certified as a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) within the SBA 8(a) program (13CFR124) with over 25 years of government contracting experience.

About RapidEye AG
RapidEye is an ISO-certified geospatial information provider focused on integrating customized and industry specific solutions into the workflow of global customers in agriculture, forestry, energy, infrastructure, government, security and emergency. RapidEye experts and the satellite system – a constellation of five satellites capable of downloading over 4 million km² of high resolution, multi-spectral imagery per day, and a ground segment for processing and archiving data – allow for cost-effective customized services. The unique combination of large area coverage, high spatial resolution and the possibility of daily revisit to an area provide for superior management information solutions. Currently, more than 100 experts from more than 20 countries are employed by RapidEye, with plans to grow the team to 140 in 2009.

RapidEye benefits from a public-private partnership with the Space Agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. RapidEye is also cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). For more information on ERDF please contact efreinfo@mw.brandenburg.de

For more information about RapidEye, please visit www.rapideye.de
RapidEye Contact
RapidEye AG
Molkenmarkt 30
14776 Brandenburg a. d. Havel, Germany

Author: EARSC

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