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Airbus Defence and Space launches satellite images portal

GeoStore ( is the first web portal for searching and ordering images from the Pléiades and SPOT satellites - Airbus Defence and Space Services is the only operator in the world able to deliver a comprehensive range of Earth observation data, including images from Pléiades, the first European very high resolution satellite in the commercial sector

6 June 2012 - Airbus Defence and Space, the number one company in Europe for space technologies, is opening the GeoStore portal (, as a gateway to its unique stock of satellite imagery. Airbus Defence and Space' customers will be able to use and to follow the portal to order images taken by the Pléiades 1A satellite, Europe’s first very high resolution optical observation satellite in the commercial market. They will also be able to browse through the online catalogue and purchase imagery of any point on the planet taken by the Pléiades and SPOT satellites.

Through GeoStore, Airbus Defence and Space offers customers almost immediate access to very high resolution products that can be used for detailed cartography and photo interpretation. Before the Pléiades 1A satellite was even launched in December 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had already entered into three contracts which included direct receiving stations (DRS), with three leading players in the Earth observation industry (PASCO Corporation in Japan, Beijing Eastdawn Information Technology in China and MacDonald, Dettwiler  and Associates in Canada).

Pléiades 1A is the first of a constellation of twin satellites. The second satellite will be launched in the coming months. These satellites offer outstanding performance for the commercial sector: images with post-resampling resolution of 50 cm (approximately 20 inches), swath width of 20 km (approximately 12 miles) and remarkable agility in orbit enabling the satellite to focus on points up to 1,500 km (approximately 900 miles) either side of vertical. The two Pléiades satellites will be phased, ie ideally located in their orbit in order to produce a fresh image of any point on Earth every day.

Pléiades complements the SPOT satellites, the latest version of which, SPOT 6, will be launched into orbit late summer 2012. SPOT 6 and 7 will produce data with a resolution of 1.5 m (approximately 5 feet) with a swath width of 60 km (approximately 40 miles) for mapping very large areas. The Pléiades (1A and 1B) and Spot 6 and 7 constellations will be positioned equidistantly around the Earth, so that, by 2014, Airbus Defence and Space will possess an unrivalled capacity for delivering the most up-to-date images in the commercial market. With its fleet of satellites, Airbus Defence and Space will become the first operator in the world able to offer a comprehensive range of optical and radar Earth observation data from medium to very high resolution. 


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

Airbus Defence and Space is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment;  Airbus Defence and Space 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.

Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.


Press contacts:

Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                       Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                                    Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                   Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                 Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41


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