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12 novembre 2015 4 12 /11 /novembre /2015 08:45
Airbus provided satellite imagery for Exercise Oxide

 

11 November 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Airbus Defence and Space supplied geo-intelligence maritime security support to the South African Maritime Safety Agency (Samsa) for Exercise Oxide between the French and South African navies earlier this year.

 

The reports were generated from the multiple satellites operated by Airbus Defence and Space. These satellites are the optical satellites SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 complimented by the very high resolution satellites Pléiades 1A and 1B. The radar satellites are known as TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X and will soon to be complimented by a third named PAZ.

 

The satellite imagery was acquired on 22 and 23 September to generate a vessel detection report the same day. This allowed for the detection and identification of military vessels and civilian vessels within the open water zone during the search and rescue portion of the exercise.

 

Thomas Lutz, Director Sales East & Southern Africa at Airbus Defence & and Space, said the geointelligence data was provided by the Maritime Application department within GEO-Intelligence based in Toulouse, France. For the maritime environment, Airbus Defence and Space offers an Information Fusion Centre that integrates various satellite, AIS (Automatic Identification System), VMS (Vessel Monitoring System) and satellite imagery solutions for its customers.

 

Satellite imagery is one of the assets that Airbus Defence and Space is offering to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). In March 2012 Cassidian (as a predecessor of Airbus Defence and Space) demonstrated its Spexer 2000 radar to the SANDF on the border with Mozambique. Lutz said the radar was hugely successful as the operators were able to monitor the border on a 24/7 basis. It was also showcased in Cape Town and at Coega in Port Elizabeth, for harbour monitoring and for monitoring ships at anchor. Cassidian demonstrated the radar to the Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT), which performs defence research for the South African Ministry of Defence. The IMT did trials in False Bay.

 

Lutz said that feedback from the system, which was also equipped with electro-optical sensors and a laser rangefinder, was fantastic. He said a radar like the Spexer would be highly useful for border surveillance, counter-poaching and peacekeeping operations. He suggested that the SANDF could start off with some sensor towers at hotspot locations (or mobile sensor reconnaissance vehicles), and connect these with a command and control centre. As funds became available, this system could be expanded over time

 

Airbus is marketing the radar elsewhere in Africa and the system is operational in the Middle East on a big border security project.

 

The Spexer forms part of Airbus’s larger border security portfolio. The company has sold its border security services to three African countries in West and North Africa and is in discussions with a number of oil producing countries in this regard, with several acquisition projects underway. Airbus officials told defenceWeb that there is demand for border protection due to migration, terrorism, and smuggling. The migrant crisis in Europe has in particular raised the issue of border security in nations like Libya, Egypt and Algeria.

 

Airbus Defence and Space has executed major border security contracts in places like Romania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and France. For instance in Saudi Arabia it has executed the largest fully integrated border security solution, covering 6 500 km of land border and 2 500 km of maritime border.

 

Qatar’s sea and land borders are protected by cameras and radar towers while France integrates radars, AIS, mobile platforms and other sensors to monitor its borders in Europe and overseas territories, according to Dr Thomas Jacob: Integrated Systems and VP Border Security at Airbus Defence and Space.

 

Jacob said that sensor-based systems require less people in the field, who are reduced to checking, intercepting threats and maintaining equipment. Sensors are able to operate in all weathers, 24 hours a day and maintain a continuous presence.

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11 septembre 2015 5 11 /09 /septembre /2015 12:55
photo Thales Alenia Space

photo Thales Alenia Space

 

Paris, le 11 septembre, 2015 - thalesgroup.com

 

Thales Alenia Space a signé avec le Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) un contrat d’étude de faisabilité pour le développement des satellites d’observation optique à haute résolution destiné à succéder aux satellites Pléiades au début de la prochaine décennie. D’ici le second semestre 2016, cette étude s’attachera à définir l’architecture optimale de ces satellites et le choix des technologies à mettre en œuvre.

Fournisseur de tous les instruments optiques à haute résolution en Europe depuis Helios 1  lancé en 1995, Thales Alenia, en co-traitance avec Airbus Defence & Space, .participera aux choix de conception de niveau satellite et sera en charge plus particulièrement de la charge utile et les systèmes associés.

Ce satellite permettra de qualifier en vol les technologies de rupture développées par Thales Alenia Space dans le cadre de travaux de R&D financés par la DGA et le CNES, dont le programme OTOS (Observation de la Terre Optique Super-Résolue) de l’agence spatiale française.

« Ce nouveau programme va permettre de pérenniser l’excellence de la filière spatiale optique française en renforçant l’équipe de France industrielle pour préparer les futurs programmes d’observation, qu’ils soient duaux et de défense au niveau national, ou destinés à l’export » a déclaré Jean-Loïc Galle, Président Directeur Général de Thales Alenia Space.

Thales Alenia Space bénéficie d’une expertise inégalée en Europe dans ce domaine grâce aux programmes d’observation optique à haute résolution Hélios 1 et 2, Pléiades et CSO en France, ainsi qu’à plusieurs programmes à l’export dont Falcon Eye aux Emirats Arabes Unis et Göktürk 1 en Turquie.

 

A propos de Thales Alenia Space

Acteur spatial incontournable en Europe dans les domaines des télécommunications, de la navigation, de l’observation de la terre, de l’exploration et de la réalisation d’infrastructures orbitales, Thales Alenia Space est une Joint-Venture entre les groupes Thales (67%) et Finmeccanica (33%). Aux côtés de Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space forme la Space Alliance et propose une offre complète de solutions incluant les services. Grâce à son expertise unique en matière de missions duales, de constellations, de charges utiles flexibles, d'altimétrie, de météorologie ou d'observation optique et radar haute résolution, Thales Alenia Space se positionne comme le partenaire industriel naturel pour accompagner les grands pays dans le développement de leur plan spatial. Thales Alenia Space a réalisé un chiffre d'affaires de plus de 2 milliards d’euros en 2014 et emploie 7500 personnes dans 8 pays. www.thalesaleniaspace.com

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30 mars 2015 1 30 /03 /mars /2015 07:55
Vue satellite du viaduc de Millau

Vue satellite du viaduc de Millau

 

27/03/2015 DGA

 

La DGA vient de notifier au groupement Airbus DS - IGN le marché Géosocle de production de données géographiques de référence. Celui-ci permettra de mettre à jour et enrichir le patrimoine de données géographiques de défense pendant 6 ans.

 

Les productions Géosocle s’appuient sur les images des satellites SPOT6/7 et Pléiades. Elles contiennent un socle d’images de référence permettant d’assurer une localisation précise et cohérente de toutes les données géographiques (ce socle s’appuie sur un existant de 80 millions de km2, soit 53 % des terres émergées), des produits géographiques de type ortho-images* de résolution 1,50m et 0,50m sur les zones d’intérêt défense (flux considérable de 6 millions de km2 par an) et des modèles numériques de terrain, pour compléter ou améliorer ponctuellement le patrimoine existant.

 

Les zones de production sont définies au fur et à mesure par l’état-major en fonction du besoin des forces. Ces données permettent aux forces de gagner d’une part en précision de localisation et en résolution d’ortho-images. Pour rappel, une ortho-image est une image plaquée au sol, qui prend en compte la sphéricité du globe, et géo-référencée.

 

* produit géographique de type ortho-image : image photographique aérienne ou prise par un satellite de la surface terrestre, rectifiée géométriquement et faisant l’objet d’une correction radiométrique

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1 juillet 2014 2 01 /07 /juillet /2014 11:50
Launch of SPOT 7 completes Airbus Defence and Space observation satellite constellation

 

30 June 2014 Airbus Defence and Space

 

  • The SPOT 7 Earth-observation satellite, designed and developed by Airbus Defence and Space, was launched successfully from the space centre in India
  • It will join SPOT 6 and Pléiades 1A and 1B in orbit, thereby completing the optical satellite constellation operated by Airbus Defence and Space
  • This constellation is one-of-a-kind in the optical satellite imagery market

The SPOT 7 Earth-observation satellite, designed and developed by Airbus Defence and Space, was launched on 30 June at 6:22 am (Paris time) by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. It will now join the orbit in which its twin, SPOT 6, and the very-high-resolution observation satellites Pléiades 1A and 1B are located, and will be positioned at 180° in relation to SPOT 6. After it has undergone a period of tests in orbit, Airbus Defence and Space’s optical constellation will be at its full operational capacity.

The company will thus operate a constellation of four optical satellites that will open up opportunities for new applications, providing the latest images within an unprecedented time frame. This means that every day, every point on the globe can be viewed both in high resolution by a SPOT satellite and in very high resolution by a Pléiades satellite. While SPOT 6 and 7 will cover wider areas with a resolution of 1.5 m, Pléiades 1A and 1B will be focused on more targeted zones with a greater level of detail (50 cm products). Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence & Security (CIS) at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “The services provided by this optical constellation are further enhanced by the TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X radar satellites’ capabilities. This complementarity between optical and radar, coupled with different resolutions, means we are the only company worldwide who offers our customers these unique services.”

Like its twin, SPOT 7 covers wide areas in record time. With both satellites in orbit, acquisition capacity will be boosted to six million square kilometres per day – an area ten times the size of France. The SPOT 6/7 constellation thus considerably improves the capabilities and performance offered by SPOT 5, which has been in operation since 2002 and which is scheduled to be decommissioned from commercial service during the first quarter of 2015. This new constellation offers a higher resolution, greater programming reactivity and a much higher volume of images acquired daily (in monoscopic or stereoscopic mode). In addition, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 are agile satellites that can be quickly aimed at a point on the Earth within up to 1,500 km of their position. They are designed to remain in service for at least 10 years. Airbus Defence and Space developed the SPOT 6 and 7 system in just three and a half years thanks to its complete mastery of satellite processes and technologies. The new capabilities of SPOT 6, which began commercial operations in February 2013, fulfil requirements relating to national cartography at a scale of 1:25,000, for applications in the areas of land use, the struggle against deforestation, environmental monitoring, maritime surveillance and the oil industry.

SPOT 6 and 7 benefit fully from the expertise acquired by Airbus Defence and Space in operating and distributing satellite imagery over the last 30 years. The completion of this unique constellation also represents an opportunity for Airbus Defence and Space to establish new partnerships in order to widen access to and use of satellite imagery. This launch furthermore constitutes an important step in the process of finalising a strategic cooperation agreement with Azerbaijani satellite operator Azercosmos, which is looking at joint use of the satellites and to expand its own capacities in the field of geo-information. Azercosmos and Airbus Defence and Space signed an agreement in principle on this in May of this year.

 

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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