“Astrium Services is the only geo-information data provider today with a full spectrum of satellites acquiring multi-resolution optical and radar imagery from which a variety of products and services are derived, including elevation data, global oil seeps, and geologic studies,” said Bud Pope, Spatial Energy President. “A key advantage of Astrium Services is the large capacity of high resolution imaging open to the commercial market, resulting in faster acquisitions and deliveries.”
With the full range of Astrium Services’ products and services catalog added to the Spatial Energy content offerings and available through its Spatial on Demand cloud-based service, the Colorado firm is better positioned to provide oil & gas customers with detailed geospatial information throughout their entire exploration and production workflows, while benefiting from favored pricing and global oil/gas licensing.
“Spatial Energy is a recognized energy industry leader providing geospatial solutions to global oil and gas enterprises,” said Greg Buckman, Head of Astrium Services’ GEO-Information team in North America. “The breadth and scope of Spatial Energy’s services make it an ideal partner for Astrium to work with in serving the global energy industry.”
Astrium Services operates a constellation of Earth observation satellites unparalleled in the commercial market. Astrium Services’ entry into the high-resolution imagery market came in late 2011 with the launch of Pleiades 1A, acquiring 50-cm images. A twin satellite, Pleiades 1B, is scheduled for launch this year. Launched in September 2012, SPOT 6 captures wide-area optical imagery at 1.5-meter resolution and will be joined in orbit by SPOT 7 early 2014.
“Pleiades 1A, Pleiades 1B, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 will operate in a 90-degree phased orbit allowing for multiple acquisitions of a geographic area within a 24-hour period. The constellation is highly reactive thanks to multiple tasking plans per day and a tasking time of only four hours,” said Spatial Energy’s Pope. “No other satellite constellation offers repeat coverage within the same day on such short notice.”
In addition to the optical SPOT and Pleiades imaging satellites, Astrium Services operates two synthetic aperture radar satellites, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X. Capable of acquiring highly accurate elevation data of the Earth’s surface, both onshore and offshore, these radar platforms generate derived information for Astrium’s Global Seeps Database, Onshore Geologic Studies, and GEO Elevation products, all now available through Spatial Energy.
Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Astrium had a turnover close to EUR5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
Astrium is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defense space systems and services.
Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment; Astrium Services for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of EUR 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.
About Spatial Energy
Spatial Energy provides the world’s best collection of energy-specific imagery, imagery analysis and online enterprise imagery and data management services for oil and gas companies operating globally. Over 50 of the Top 100 oil and gas companies worldwide use Spatial Energy to increase speed to drilling, maximize production, lower costs and monitor and protect their assets.
Imagery is available on demand from our data archives, by tasking satellites and aerial providers, by speculative collection and by hosting corporate imagery. Our data is tailored for use within geological and geophysical desktop applications, as well as web applications and geoportals. Our Enterprise Remote Sensing Solutions (ES2) provides one source for a full range of remote sensing services. We offer subscription programs such as the Spatial Energy Partner Program (EPP), BasinWatch and Spatial on Demand to provide simplified, cost effective access to acquiring and managing imagery as a corporate asset.
(source: Spatial Energy) and Astrium Services