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Agreement between e-GEOS and Ursa for the supply of thousands of radar scenes generated by the COSMO-SkyMed satellites

(26 April 2018 - Telespazio) e-GEOS, a company established by Telespazio (80%) and the Italian Space Agency (20%), and the American Ursa Space Systems (Ursa) have signed a collaboration agreement by which the Italian company will provide thousands of radar scenes generated by the satellites of the COSMO-SkyMed constellation that will serve as an important component for the products distributed by Ursa.The new contract follows the agreement signed one year ago by e-GEOS and Ursa for the distribution of the new and advanced products of data analytics based on radar technology. This agreement has enabled the two companies to develop their respective business in new and interesting markets.

Massimo Claudio Comparini, Head of the Geoinformation Business Line of Telespazio and CEO of e-GEOS, said: “I am proud of the signature of the new agreement and would like to thank the Ursa Space Team for the joint effort in supporting us to achieve our mission which is to leverage COSMO-SkyMed data as much as possible and to contribute further to the growth of new services in new markets where data analytics are at the base of important and economic decisions”.

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(courtesy: Telespazio)

“We are proud and excited to extend this relationship with e-GEOS beyond our initial success together. As part of our virtual constellation of SAR satellites around the world, e-GEOS is an important partner on our mission to provide the highest-quality intelligence and insights available and we’re looking forward to what’s ahead,” said Ursa CEO, Adam Maher.

COSMO-SkyMed is the only dual-use radar Earth observation constellation currently in existence worldwide and is used for civilian and military purposes. Ten years after the launch of the first satellite, in 2007, the system has captured over one million images from all over the world, monitoring the Earth 24 hours a day under any weather and visibility conditions and ensuring crucial information essential for security, land monitoring, and the sustainable management of resources, as well as dealing with natural events and emergencies, and combating the effects of climate change.

Financed by the Italian Space Agency, the Italian Defence Ministry and the Italian Education, University and Research Ministry, COSMO-SkyMed was created by the Italian space industry together with Leonardo and its joint venture, Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio. Data from COSMO-SkyMed are marketed throughout the world by e-GEOS.

About e-GEOS

e-GEOS, an ASI (20%)/Telespazio (80%) company, is a leading international player in the Earth Observation and Geo-Spatial Information business. e-GEOS is the global distributor for the COSMO-SkyMed data, the largest and most advanced Radar Satellite constellation available today. The company offers a unique portfolio of application services, specially thanks to the superior monitoring capabilities of COSMO-SkyMed constellation. Covering the whole value chain, from data acquisition to the generation of analytics reports, e-GEOS is working for big data analytics, based on the integration of different sources.

e-GEOS, provides Geo-information services such as monitoring for environmental protection, rush mapping in support to natural and man-made disaster, specialized platforms for defense and intelligence (braINT), Near Real time oil spill and vessel detection services for maritime surveillance platforms (SEonSE). e-GEOS can offer interferometric measurements for, ground subsidence and landslides analysis, thematic mapping for city management, agronomy/ precision farming, cultural heritage, Inherent Defect Insurance (IDI) and forestry.

About Ursa Space System

Ursa is on an unflinching quest to move the world forward by turning data into decision advantage. Founded in 2014, Ursa pioneered transparency into oil data in China and has since expanded their global reach with geospatial intelligence products that set new standards for accuracy and reliability and are designed to empower customers with critical insights that make an impact.