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1st Symposium on Earth Observation Business

10 September 2009. The Westin, Paris.
Commercial satellite-based Earth observation business gaining ground

The Symposium on Earth Observation Business will take place in Paris on 10th September 2009 and will bring together over 100 leaders from the Earth observation community including CEOs and top executives from leading businesses and government agencies.

The commercial data market is expected to reach over $1 billion in 2009, after growing by 27% from 2007 to 2008 (for $0.9 billion in revenues in 2008), with both private and public sector demand for data driving this growth. Meanwhile, Earth observation is a key area for governments with $6.7 billion in investment in 2008. Over 250 Earth observation satellites are expected to be launched from government and commercial operators into LEO and GEO orbit in the next ten years, meaning significant returns for the manufacturing industry. Operators, manufacturers, and service providers alike all play a role in driving growth and shaping the market and all are seeking to benefit from the opportunities for revenue, profit, and market share growth.

The launch of next generation commercial satellites from US operators DigitalGlobe and GeoEye and European initiatives from Infoterra and RapidEye vastly increase commercial data available in a fast changing market. Their challenge is to expand their service offering and grow a larger customer base for data sales, including private sector customers and export government markets.

Despite past difficulties in building a customer base, a growing number of operational systems from an increasing number of sources (commercial & government) including low-cost/free data offer services providers’ a more stable platform on which to develop products and grow business. In addition, mechanisms for service development such as GMES and awareness created by virtual globes such as Google Earth will further encourage service development.

1st Symposium on Earth Observation Business
is a unique opportunity to review business models, assess customer requirements, do business and refine development strategies. CEO’s and top executives from DigitalGlobe, Astrium Services, European Union Satellite Center, EMSA, GeoEye, Total, MDA GSI, Fugro NPA Group, C-Core, Deimos Space, NOAA, Thales Alenia Space and SSTL among others will discuss their business development strategies. Visit website to view full program. The event provides an unmatched opportunity to network with the key leaders and decision makers that are shaping the evolution of EO services.

For further information & registration, visit or contact Ruth Mandeng on or +33 1 49 23 75 24

Source Euroconsult