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SSTL enters Earth observation sat data contract with Airbus

Posted 10 May 2019 · Add Comment

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has recently signed a contract with Airbus to provide high resolution optical data from the SSTL S1-4, an Earth observation satellite which was launched in September 2018.



Above: Sub 1 metre resolution image of Tampa International Airport, USA, acquired by SSTL S1-4 satellite 2019.
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Sarah Parker, Managing Director of SSTL said: “We are delighted with the performance of the SSTL S1-4 in orbit, demonstrated by the outstanding quality of the sub 1 metre resolution images of Tampa, Ho Chi Minh City and Chihuahua that we have released today.  I am also pleased to announce that Airbus is enhancing its imagery offering by leasing data capacity from the SSTL S1-4 and I look forward to start of service shortly.”

SSTL will retain ownership and in orbit satellite operation and will lease imaging payload capacity to Airbus for the lifetime of the satellite, designed to be in excess of seven years.  The new contract will contribute high resolution panchromatic and multispectral optical data into the Airbus portfolio which already includes image data from seven satellites manufactured by SSTL, the DMC Constellation and the TripleSat Constellation.

Phil Brownnett, Head of UK Programmes at Airbus Defence and Space, Intelligence, said: “We really look forward to welcoming the S1-4 data into the Intelligence portfolio, to further enhance our high-resolution coverage capabilities. This will benefit our high-demand users across the defence and security sectors.”

The SSTL S1-4 satellite has a mass of 450kg and is capable of acquiring multiple targets in one pass, utilising spot, strip and mosaic imaging modes and 45 degree off-pointing agility for a range of applications including urban planning, agricultural monitoring, land classification, natural resource management and disaster monitoring.  The very high resolution imager on board the spacecraft has been designed and manufactured by SSTL and will acquire sub 1 metre resolution images in panchromatic mode and sub 4 metre resolution images in multispectral mode, with a swath width of about 20.8km.

 

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