Astrium GEO-Information Services Newsletter April 2011

Astrium April Newsletter
New East Africa Rift System Geological Data Set Available
Congratulations U.S. Air Force Eagle Vision Team!
25 Years of SPOT Satellites
Astrium Recognized for Work in Radar Imagery
Astrium GEO-Information Services - North America Kickoff
Case Study: TerraSAR-X Surface Movement Mapping
New East Africa Rift System Geological Data Set to Speed Oil & Gas Exploration Process

Global SeepsAstrium GEO-Information Services has completed a geological interpretation study of the East Africa Rift System (EARS) and the surrounding area that is increasingly becoming an exploration hotspot for the Oil, Gas and Minerals industry. For the first time, these organizations have access to an 'off-the-shelf' set of integrated data to highlight the hydrocarbon prospectivity and oil seeps in the region.

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Congratulations U.S. Air Force Eagle Vision Team!

Eagle VisionOn February 15, 2011 at a Pentagon ceremony, the U.S. Air Force Eagle Vision team was presented with the 2010 William T. Pecora Award. Sponsored by the Department of the Interior (DoI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the award honors those who have made a significant contribution in the field of remote sensing.

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25 Years of SPOT Satellites
SPOT Constellation

Since February 22, 1986, SPOT satellites have been keeping a watchful eye on the Earth. For over 25 years, this series of optical observation satellites has been providing images of our planet for an extensive range of applications, such as cartography, crop forecasts, geological exploration, and disaster management.

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Astrium Recognized for its Pioneering Work in the Commercialization of Radar Imagery
Award WinnersAstrium's GEO-Information Services Division through its German operation, Infoterra, has been recognized for its outstanding achievement in successfully commercializing space-based radar imagery at Aviation Week's 54th Annual Laureate Awards. Winners in the Space category, as part of an international industrial team that also included MDA Geospatial Services and e-GEOs, Infoterra was honored for making radar imagery a key element in the geospatial information packages used by governments, military services and businesses worldwide.

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Astrium GEO-Information Services - North America Kickoff Meeting

Astrium NA KickoffThe official Astrium GEO-Information Services North America kickoff meeting was held March 1-2, 2011 in our Chantilly, Virginia office. This meeting marked the official start of the former Spot Image and Infoterra companies working together in North America as Astrium GEO-Information Services. 

Customers now have access to the full line of Astrium optical and radar imagery products and services through one point-of-contact, making access to our high quality imagery products easier than ever before.


Also, please note that beginning next week, you will begin receiving e-mails from your normal contacts using "" e-mail addresses instead of "" addresses. This change is in-line with our new website address,, which will undergo multiple changes throughout the year. We encourage you to offer any feedback you may have about the website changes, so that we can ensure that our new site it as user-friendly as possible.


Case Study: TerraSAR-X Surface Movement Mapping for Subway Construction Project

Surface MonitoringThe Challenge:
Infrastructure construction, excavations and underground engineering may cause displacements of the Earth's surface, which can endanger infrastructure or even human lives. Frequently, extensive terrestrial surveying programs are required to monitor surface movements related to construction activities such as the complex building project of a new subway line in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, that transverses almost the entire city.


Click here to see the Astrium solution.



SPOTMonitoring  Japan

Japan Earthquake:

Imagery Experts Made Available to the International Community

The situation regarding Japan's nuclear power plants recently prompted Astrium GEO-Information Services to activate our SPOTMonitoring service over the area. Daily change detection reports were delivered to subscribers free of charge March 17-25 . The stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and its surroundings are still under surveillance and periodic reports will still be delivered over the next few months.


SPOTMonitoring delivers straightforward information about what's happening on the ground. This unique service can be activated for any area on Earth and is particularly useful for monitoring remote or inaccessible sites.

On the SPOTMonitoring portal, users can access different levels of change detection, from a simple indication of the number of changes, to identification of these changes - strengthened by expert analysis.

To view a free daily SPOTMonitoring report, register online by clicking here .


April 10-13

AAPG 2010 Annual Convention   
Visit us in Booth #1023 to learn about all of the Exploration Services by Astrium including multiple satellite imagery services and our Global Seeps Database.

Houston, TX

George R. Brown Convention Center  


April 18-21

Esri Petroleum User Group Conference

Visit us in Booth #519 to learn more about our Exploration Services, and join us for our " Geological Mapping Using EO Data and GIS for O&G Exploration " presentation on April 19 at 8:30 am in Ballroom A.
Houston, TX

George R. Brown Convention Center 

May 1-5

ASPRS Annual Conference  

Don't miss our presentation entitled " SDMI Source Imagery Collection ," where we will present the latest information on SPOT image collections in Alaska. 

Milwaukee, WS

Midwest Airlines Center/Hyatt Hotel 

May 12


Visit us in Booth #610 to learn more about our optical and radar imagery services tailored for the DoD and Intelligence communities.

Reston, VA

Hyatt Regency Reston




This past year has been outstanding for Planet Action. At the end of each year, we publish an Annual Report, which includes key accomplishments, feedback, and an analysis of previous projects.


You can access the 2010 Annual Report by clicking here .



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