Brazil to Monitor the Amazon Using COSMO-SkyMed Satellites

Released on Wednesday, March 17, 2010
CENSIPAM - Center of the Amazonian Protection System
COSMO - Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean basin Observation
e-GEOS and Telespazio Brasil, subsidiaries of Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales), in partnership with the Brazilian firm Imagem, have been awarded a contract in Brazil to supply high- and medium-resolution COSMO-SkyMed radar satellite images as part of the tender process initiated by the Operations and Management Center of the Amazonian Protection System (CENSIPAM).

Under the agreement, e-GEOS and Telespazio Brasil will provide CENSIPAM with satellite images covering a guaranteed minimum area of 1,026,000 square kilometres of the Amazon.

It is only thanks to the unique characteristics and performance levels offered by the three satellites in the Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation (a fourth will be launched during 2010) that it is even possible to attempt to monitor such a vast area with a high frequency of image acquisition.

For e-GEOS and Telespazio Brasil, this success represents the first step in their joint strategy for entering the Brazilian Earth observation market. The companies' strategy also includes offering value-added services and innovative applications that e-GEOS has already successfully launched for the European and international markets.

Source: e-GEOS and Telespazio Brasil, subsidiaries of Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales), win contract to monitor the Amazon using COSMO-SkyMed satellites

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