RapidEye Completes Second Coverage of China in Two Years

Brandenburg/Havel, Germany, February 17, 2011 – RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, announced today that the second coverage of China for the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) in as many years has been delivered.

The imagery campaign, which ran from August 1, 2010 through January 11, 2011 was intended to cover almost 5.8 Million square kilometers; 60% of the country. The project was successfully delivered and accepted by the MLR in the first week of February.

“The MLR was so impressed with RapidEye's quick coverage and delivery of the country during the 2009-2010 growing season that when discussing an additional coverage this year, RapidEye was the obvious choice,“ said Sun Bing, CEO of Beijing East Dawn Information Technology Co., Ltd (EDIT), RapidEye's Chinese distributor.

RapidEye is also very close to completing an additional project for the State Bureau of Mapping and Surveying (a branch of the MLR) where an area of over 920,000 square kilometers is being imaged. The imaging campaign includes selected areas that are notoriously cloudy, which makes successful collection challenging.

“This is where the RapidEye system really shines,“ commented Massimiliano Vitale, the Head of Operations at RapidEye. “When there is a forecasted day with very few clouds, we image the next time the satellites come around which is always less than 24 hours away. Other commercial systems would need days to return to an area. We have also perfected our ability to process and deliver so many square kilometers of imagery to a client in such a short time. Almost 6 Million square kilometers is a massive amount of data and that sort of collection activity must be highly orchestrated and organized.“

Previously, the MLR, a government entity in China responsible for planning, administration, protection and rational utilization of the country's natural resources, contracted RapidEye to deliver 80% (7.8 Million km²) of China over
the same time frame last year.

During each collection of China for the MLR, RapidEye delivered the bulk of the project several weeks ahead of schedule and with an average cloud cover of 5%; half of what originally had been requested by the customer.To read about the details of the 2009-2010 collection of China in the RapidEye / MLR Customer Reference, please follow this link (or cut and paste it into your browser): http://bit.ly/d4mcYV.

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 satellite 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. For more information about RapidEye, please visit www.rapideye.de


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