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Spot Image to distribute KOMPSAT-2 data

The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has made Spot Image
exclusive distributor of data from the KOMPSAT-2 Earth observation
satellite except for customers from Korea, the United States and the
Middle East.

“After FORMOSAT-2, this new distribution agreement marks an
important step in the diversification of our product portfolio, which
we are expanding to supply data from partner satellites,” said Spot
Image’s Chairman and CEO Hervé Buchwalter. “It will enable us to offer
optical data at 1-metre resolution starting in 2006. This success
reaffirms the company as a leading player in the global imagery
KARI developed the KOMPSAT-2 programme in
particular to acquire very-high-resolution imagery for South Korea’s
needs in mapping, urban planning and hazard management. Developed in
close collaboration with EADS Astrium, the satellite is scheduled to
launch late this year.
As the prime contractor in charge of
Korea’s satellite programmes, KARI is pursuing an ambitious space plan:
following the KITSAT series of microsatellites (1 to 4) and the
KOMPSAT-1 Earth observation satellite, it is now preparing to launch
KARI has also started the
development of KOMPSAT-3 and KOMPST-5, as the follow-on missions of
It is also developing COMS-1, a communications, meteorology and
oceanography satellite, and has plans for 10 more satellites in the
pipeline for the coming decade.
As commercial operator of the SPOT
satellites, Spot Image is a one-stop shop for multisource (optical and
radar) and multiresolution (1 m to 1 km) data. As well as satellite
imagery, Spot Image supplies data reception facilities with agreements
covering reception of telemetry from a range of satellites, manages
projects calling for the provision and processing of geographic
information, and provides equipment and training services.
Headquartered in Toulouse, France, with
subsidiaries and offices in Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico,
Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United States, the Spot
Image group leverages a global network of ground receiving stations,
channel partners and distributors to bring geographic information
derived from satellite imagery to public- and private-sector
decision-makers worldwide.
(Credits Spot Image)
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