Brandenburg / Havel, Germany, December 7, 2011 – RapidEye, a leader in wide area, repetitive coverage of Earth through its constellation of satellites announced today that it has signed a contract with China's Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) to cover almost five million square kilometers of China over the next few months. This is the third consecutive year that RapidEye was a successful bidder to cover China for the MLR.
“With its five satellites and the strongest satellite imagery collection capability to our markets, the RapidEye system performs extremely well when serving clients such as MLR,” commented Mr. Bing Sun, CEO of Beijing Eastdawn Information Technology Co. Ltd.(EDIT). “We strongly believe our partnership with RapidEye brings the best satellite technology available as well as service know-how to the Chinese market.”
“There was a tremendous amount of preparation by our Chinese distributor, EDIT to position us. The competition is getting more severe, but EDIT represented us well,” commented John Ahlrichs, Vice President of International Sales for RapidEye. “Of course, the sales process was made easier because we have proven to the MLR twice before that we are reliable and can deliver high quality data over wide areas on time or ahead of schedule.”
The agreement between RapidEye and the MLR would require a delivery of nearly five million square kilometers of China (more than 50% of the country) with less than 10% cloud cover. Some key areas that will prove a challenge are the traditionally cloudy areas of Tibet and the Southeastern provinces.
“With an order such as this, there's really no better system than ours to deal with historically cloudy areas,” commented Massimiliano Vitale, RapidEye's Chief Operating Officer. “We will never get the areas cloud free, but our system will have a better chance because of our quick return capabilities.” In anticipation of the order, RapidEye began imaging the area of interest (AOI) in early August. Currently the imaging campaign is scheduled for completion in later this month, earlier than in previous years.
RapidEye is a provider of quality high-resolution satellite imagery and derived geo-information products. With a constellation of five Earth Observation satellites, RapidEye images over 5 Million square kilometers of Earth every day, and has amassed over 2 billion square kilometers in its archive in just over two years of commercial operation. With an unprecedented combination of wide area repetitive coverage and five meter pixel size multi-spectral imagery, RapidEye is an obvious and cost-effective choice for many industries and government agencies.
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Beijing Eastdawn Information Technology Co., Ltd. is a leading geospatial information provider in China. Founded in 2001, Eastdawn is headquartered in Beijing, China and is certified as a Class-A surveying and mapping company in China. Eastdawn provides spatial data services and solutions to governmental and commercial clients around the world. Eastdawn’s business includes remote sensing and photogrammetric data capture, data processing and geospatial information applications.
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