Airbus Defence and Space wins innovation award for image portal

Geospatial World magazine awards Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and Airbus Defence and Space for satellite imagery distribution web portal

May 22, 2014 -- Airbus Defence and Space along with the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) was awarded the Geospatial World Innovation Award for Technology Innovation in Big Data for the Dutch
Satellite Data Portal, which enables the government of The Netherlands to disseminate satellite imagery to Dutch entities free of charge.

In March 2012, NSO, with support from Airbus Defence and Space’s Geo-Intelligence programme line, launched the Dutch Satellite Data Portal to provide broad access to satellite imagery over The Netherlands. The portal currently offers new imagery from the FORMOSAT-2 and Deimos-1/UK-DMC-2 satellites on a daily basis. Imagery is collected and made available for users to search and order within 24 hours.

Since its launch, imagery provided through the portal has been widely used for multiple applications, including precision agriculture applications that have led to increased end-user profits and reduced pollution from pesticides and deformation monitoring which has allowed engineers to track changes on the land surface from work taking place underground. “The GEO-Intelligence programme line at Airbus Defence and Space is honoured to have received this award alongside the NSO,” said Bernhard Brenner, Head of the Geo-Intelligence programme line at Airbus Defence and Space. “We are committed to enabling our national customers, including The Netherlands, to efficiently and effectively manage and distribute their geospatial data.”

The Dutch Satellite Data Portal represents an important first step for additional services that will come online in 2015 as part of the operational phase of the Sentinel missions – part of the European Space Agency’s Copernicus programme.

The Sentinel satellites will collect data for a number of remote sensing applications in precision agriculture, soil movement, algae monitoring, water management and forest monitoring, and will be made available through the Dutch Satellite Data Portal. The Geospatial World Technology Innovation Award was bestowed to Airbus Defence and Space and NSO during the Geospatial World Forum, which ran 5-9 May 2014 in Geneva.

Users can search this INSPIRE compliant web portal by visiting:

Dutch users may register by visiting:

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.


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