RapidEye Delivers Almost 20 Million Square Kilometers of Imagery to Brazilian State Minas Gerais

Satellite Imagery / Distributor / Brazil / Forestry

Brandenburg / Havel, Germany, — September 03, 2010 — RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, announced that its Brazilian distributor, Santiago & Cintra Consultoria, has provided RapidEye images to the State of Minas Gerais. As part of the agreement, RapidEye became the sole provider of satellite imagery for three different coverage periods of the State which began in September 2009 and lasted until the end of July 2010.

"We have had great success imaging the Brazilian State of Bahia, and we were confident that we could do another successful imaging campaign for Minas Gerais," commented Michael Prechtel, Head of Marketing for RapidEye. "With our system capabilities, frequently cloudy areas such as these South American states can be revisited frequently until we get the image we need for the project."

“The RapidEye satellite constellation has acquired over 20,000,000 square kilometers of images to obtain three full coverages of the State of Minas Gerais. We are now successfully concluding the third coverage. RapidEye's imagery will be mainly used for environmental monitoring, change detection and illegal deforestation,” said Iara Musse Felix, Director of Santiago & Cintra Consultoria.

RapidEye is currently acquiring images of major forested areas across Europe and North America. These images will be also used in RapidEye's forest cover analysis and forest inventory services such as tree species determination and stem volume estimation in boreal forests. These services are of high value to the forestry industry. They prevent having to send forestry experts into the field and are much more cost effective than aerial photography. For more information on RapidEye's Forestry Solutions, please visit http://www.rapideye.de/home/solutions/forestry/.

If you are interested in demonstration products (free test data) from forestry areas in Brazil and Indonesia, please visit our website at www.rapideye.de/demo-products or email Email Contact.

If you would like to acquire images of your region or area of interest you can choose from the expanding collection of imagery in the RapidEye Library by contacting a RapidEye distributor. The RapidEye Library is continuously growing, with new images being downloaded from its satellites every day. For more information please visit the RapidEye website at www.rapideye.de, or email an inquiry to Email Contact.

About RapidEye AG

RapidEye is an ISO-certified geospatial information provider focused on integrating customized and industry specific solutions into the workflow of global customers in agriculture, forestry, energy, infrastructure, government, security and emergency. RapidEye experts and the technical system – a constellation of five satellites capable of downloading over 4 million km² of high resolution, multi-spectral imagery per day, and a ground segment for processing and archiving data – allow for cost-effective customized services. The unique combination of large area coverage, high spatial resolution and the possibility of daily revisit to an area provide for superior management information solutions. Currently, more than 130 experts from more than 20 countries are employed by RapidEye, with plans to grow the team to about 140 in 2010.

RapidEye benefits from a public-private partnership with the Space Agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). RapidEye has also received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the federal republic of Germany and the State of Brandenburg in Germany. For more information on ERDF please contact Email Contact.

About Santiago & Cintra Consultoria

Santiago & Cintra Consultoria is a provider of geo-IT consulting services and solutions for many industries, such as government, oil & gas, forestry and agriculture, environment, telecommunication, utilities, mining, education and others. For more information about S&C Consultoria or its products and services, please visit www.santiagoecintraconsultoria.com.br.


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