WGIC member e-GEOS, Telespazio and ISI (ImageSat International) have announced a partnership to form a broad ranging commercial ELECTRO Optical-SAR earth observation satellite constellation.
e-GEOS and ISI have established a strategic alliance, by bringing together satellite assets of both companies to form a High Revisit-Ultra High Resolution EO-SAR constellation that will propose to the market this best assets synergy to match the market’s ever evolving operational needs. “A new collaboration perspective within a broader Federative horizon is opening up new market possibilities by relying on the best performing satellite systems,” said Paolo Minciacchi, e-GEOS CEO and Director of the Geoinformation Line of Business of Telespazio.
One of kind constellation
The virtual joint constellation is presently comprised out of 8 ultra-high performance satellites data including five COSMO-SkyMed and COSMO-SkyMed second generation dual use SAR satellites – owned by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Italian Ministry of Defence, for which e-GEOS is exclusive global distributor worldwide – and ISI three EROS Next Generation Electro-optical ultra high resolution satellites. This one of a kind constellation is envisioned to dramatically expand in the coming years through the launch of new missions including additional COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellites and two EROS C Electro Optical ultra high resolution satellites and two EROSAR high resolution satellites by ISI. “By bringing together the satellite systems, past experience, talent and expertise of both companies, we have literally formed one of the world’s most capable commercial intelligence gathering capabilities, which was until now only in the hands Super-Powers. I am confident that our alliance with e-GEOS will empower our customers by providing access to the worlds most capable commercial satellite constellation,” said Noam Segal, Chief Executive officer of ISI.
Existing and future customers
The two companies will be able to offer their existing customer base, as well as future customers, a natural expansion through the access to world class intelligence gathering assets. Combining satellites with different sensing technologies launched into traditional Polar orbits and mid inclination orbits, to ensure High Revisit – Ultra High Resolution imaging capabilities throughout day & night time and in all weather conditions. Thanks to this agreement, the competitiveness of the two companies grows and consolidates their industrial capacity, leveraging on respective business footprint worldwide and technological complementarity, specifically to offer services and information solutions to the Defense & Intelligence market.
e-GEOS’ COSMO-SkyMed/ COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation
ISI’s EROS NG Constellation B + C