Airbus Defence and Space

After Irene

Satellite imagery for hurricane relief efforts

More than 180,000 km² of Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery collected for Irene relief efforts

Airbus Defence and Space GEO-Information Services tasked its satellites to collect data over the USA in anticipation of hurricane Irene’s arrival on the east coast. Over 100,000 km² of cloud-free SPOT optical imagery and more than 85,000km² of TerraSAR-X radar data were collected as of Monday 29 August covering portions of the US east coast from Charleston, SC to Maine and Vermont. Airbus Defence and Space will continue to collect imagery for disaster relief efforts over the next few days.

The images were received at the time of acquisition via satellite transmission to direct receiving stations (DRS) in multiple US government agencies and Airbus Defence and Space personnel worked together to define the collection plan prior to the event. A US Disaster Relief licence was issued for the validated scenes. Validated scenes were processed and provided to government relief organisations and emergency management agencies on Sunday.

As operators of the SPOT satellites, exclusive commercial marketers of TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X, and with unique access to a broad range of other spaceborne and airborne acquisition capabilities, Airbus Defence and Space’ GEO-Information division can provide customers with an unrivalled combination of Earth imagery – both optical and radar – as well as value-added expertise in a variety of vertical markets such as oil and gas exploration, emergency response, and forest monitoring.

Satellite imagery for hurricane Irene relief efforts  

Imagery collected on 28, 29, and 30 August. In red, TerraSAR-X radar imagery, in yellow, SPOT optical imagery.

 Satellite imagery for hurricane Irene relief efforts  

Crystal Coast, North Carolina – On August 28, SPOT 5 acquired this 10-meter multispectral image showing the damage that resulted from Hurricane Irene slamming into the Crystal Coast at 115 mph. Portions of the Outer Banks were washed away due to the strong winds and erosion due to a storm surge against the mostly sand landmass.

Earth ObservationSPOTTerraSAR-XTandem-X