Airbus Defence and Space

Greek fires seen by SPOT 5 satellite

Paris/Toulouse, 26 August 2009 - The SPOT 5 satellite acquired on the afternoon of 25th August from an orbit at 800 km an image over Greece. This latest high resolution satellite image (10 metres) shows the precise extent of the areas affected by the forest fires.

The image is being used as part of the programme launched by Europe and its member states to help Greece combat the forest fires.

The Spot satellites, manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, are operated by the Airbus Defence and Space subsidiary Spot Image.

As well as their operational use in giving detailed information about the extent of damage across large areas, satellite images also help the wider public see first hand the impact of major catastrophes and build awareness of the need to protect the environment and ensure the safety and security of those affected.


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Commercial operator of the SPOT satellites and a supplier of imagery from a range of other optical and radar Earth-imaging satellites, Spot Image is a world-leading supplier of geospatial products and services derived from satellite imagery.


Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.

 AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.


Contacts presse:

Airbus Defence and Space

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                               Tél. : +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32


Spot Image

Jennifer Newlands                                                                     Tél. :+33 (0)5 62 19 40 10