RapidEye Satellites Immediately Directed to Japan

GIS / Earth Observation / Satellite Images / Earthquake / Tsunami / Japan

Brandenburg/Havel, Germany, March 12, 2011 – RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, announced today that the first images of Japan following the tsunami and the preceding 8.8 magnitude earthquake are now available.

The Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) which is part of the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) contacted RapidEye shortly following the breaking news of the earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on Friday. The DLR is a member of the International Charter which is an organization working towards providing a unified system of space data acquisition to those affected by natural and man-made disasters.

The International Charter was activated on Friday by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). They will be using all the imagery and resulting analysis to provide as much knowledge about the disaster to therelief and governmental agencies who need it.

If your organization is involved in emergency efforts for this devastating event, please contact Email Contact for any inquiries regarding the Japan imagery. Additional information on RapidEye Products and Services can be found at the company’s website www.rapideye.de.

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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