Earth observation portfolio expanded

April 19th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Airbus has entered into an agreement with Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology (21AT), the Chinese commercial satellite operator, for the distribution of the images acquired by their TripleSat constellation. This constellation consists of three identical very high-resolution earth observation satellites set 120° apart, travelling around the same orbit. They offer daily monitoring of any place on Earth, revealing details as small as 80 cm. The satellites were specifically designed to map large area coverage and will therefore reinforce the Pléiades and SPOT satellite capacities, improving access to information in critical situations. On the optical side, Airbus’ constellation already comprises the very high-resolution Pléiades 1A and 1B, the high-resolution SPOT 6 and 7 satellites as well as the DMC constellation. On the radar front, weather-independent satellites such as TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X were recently joined by the PAZ radar satellite. The constellation is also reinforced by satellite partners such as KazEOSat. These partnerships complement the offering and service for demanding applications.

Contact Corné Eloff, Airbus Defence and Space, Tel 011 266-2614, corne.eloff@airbus.com

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