Malaysia will task TerraSAR-X Satellite directly

  • Infoterra installs a "Virtual Ground Station" in Kuala Lumpur
  • Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency equipped with order workstation
  • Weather-independent radar satellite data will support flood risk management

Friedrichshafen—December 07, 2009 —
Infoterra and its Malaysian partner IMS have now installed a TerraSAR-X Virtual Ground Station at the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) in Kuala Lumpur: Following the delivery and installation of all necessary technical equipment as well as thorough training on the planning and ordering tool, Nikolaus Faller, Chief Operations Officer of Infoterra GmbH, officially handed the access key to Nik Mazlina Nik Mustapha, Head of Remote Sensing Data Services at MRSA, on Friday, Dec 4.

"From today, the MRSA will be able to access the ordering system, plan acquisitions, and task the TerraSAR-X satellite directly," states Azhar Salleh, Chief Executive Officer of IMS. Describing the concept of a Virtual Ground Station, Nikolaus Faller adds: “At Infoterra, we will ensure the immediate processing and delivery of any data requested by the MRSA through our established ground segment. The data will be accessible for MRSA on our servers the minute the processing has been finalized“.

The contract includes not only the Virtual Ground Station, but large volumes of TerraSAR-X data that will be acquired and delivered throughout 2010. This data will be used for flood management purposes, as Malaysia is regularly affected by severe flooding along its coasts as well as inland, and damages are often significant. Based on TerraSAR-X data, Malaysians experts will create an up-to-date database for those regions regularly affected by flooding.

“Based on this database, we will be able to initiate appropriate prevention measures and – in case disaster strikes – react more quickly and target our emergency response effort more effectively," says Nik Mazlina Nik Mustapha, outlining the purpose of acquiring this data. "The unique reliability of the weather-independent TerraSAR-X satellite, along with its excellent geometric accuracy, will surely be a key advantage in such time-critical situations. Its data will help us to prevent damages and maybe even save lives."

The privileged access to TerraSAR-X acquisition capacities via a Virtual Ground Station is exclusively provided by the German EADS Astrium subsidiary Infoterra GmbH, holder of the commercial marketing rights for the satellite's data and services. Around the globe, particularly customers that receive large amounts of data and/or require a quick and flexible tasking option, make use of this access concept.

Image Caption

Nik Mazlina Nik Mustapha (Head of Remote Sensing Data Services MRSA) receives the official Certificate for the TerraSAR-X Virtual Ground Station at MRSA's Kuala Lumpur premises from Nikolaus Faller (COO Infoterra GmbH).

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About Infoterra

Infoterra GmbH, Germany, provides a broad portfolio of geo-information products and services, based on both radar data and remote sensing data acquired by other spaceborne sensors, complete the portfolio: Infoterra provides reliable and timely knowledge to customers in versatile fields of application around the globe.

The company holds the exclusive commercial exploitation rights for the new German radar satellite TerraSAR-X, launched on June 15th, 2007 – enabling the company to provide weather-independent, high-resolution, new-quality radar data as well as reliable data access services.

Infoterra has been a coordinator of development and validation of European GMES services for several years now. The company has established a strong expertise in geoinformation services for land monitoring, water quality assessment, and spatial planning applications. Within GMES, Infoterra GmbH coordinates major development and implementation projects.

Infoterra GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium, Europe's leading space systems and services specialist. Infoterra GmbH is part of Spot Infoterra, the Earth Observation Division of Astrium Services.

About Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency

Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (Remote Sensing Malaysia), formerly known as Malaysian Centre for Remote Sensing (MACRES), was established as an R&D centre in 1988 and became operational in 1990. It was then upgraded to a department status effective from 15 February 2008. The objective of Remote Sensing Malaysia is to develop applications of remote sensing and related technologies for use in operational agencies for more effective management of agriculture production, natural resources, environment, disaster, security and land development of the country. Its mission is to
optimise the use of remote sensing and related technologies for sustainable development of the country.

Remote Sensing Malaysia functions as a Centralised Remote Sensing Satellite Image Provider for Government agencies. Remote Sensing Malaysia through its Ground Receiving Station in Temerloh, Pahang will continue to acquire remote sensing satellites to fulfill the needs of the remote sensing community in the country.

About Innovative Mapping Solutions (IMS)

IMS Sdn Bhd (Innovative Mapping Solutions) was established in year 2005, delivering innovative geospatial and mapping Services in Malaysia based on more than 15 years of solid experiences in remote sensing and geo-information systems. IMS is the sole Business Partner for TerraSAR-X Data and Services in Malaysia and is cooperating closely with the MRSA and other clients to establish novel remote sensing applications based on TerraSAR-X.

About TerraSAR-X

The TerraSAR-X Earth observation satellite is a joint venture being carried out under a public-private-partnership between the German Aerospace Center DLR and EADS Astrium GmbH. At DLR, a team of four institutes is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the space agency.

Astrium GmbH developed, built and launched the satellite; the exclusive commercial exploitation rights are held by the geo-information service provider Infoterra GmbH. TerraSAR-X was launched on June 15th, 2007 and has been in operational service since January 2008.


Mareike Doepke
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