Airbus and Japanese geospatial solutions provider PASCO CORPORATION have signed a new partnership agreement for a Pléiades Neo Direct Receiving Station (DRS) with associated data distribution rights on the Japanese market.
This deal marks a new milestone in the long-term collaboration between the two companies, which started 20 years ago when PASCO introduced the industrial, geo-production system of Airbus. In 2005, PASCO became the exclusive distributor of TerraSAR-X radar satellite data for the Japanese market, and in 2011, the first distributor for Pléiades data, even before the satellite was launched, and in 2014, the exclusive distributor of SPOT 6/7 data.
Now, Airbus and PASCO will work together to expand the provision of geospatial information services by using and offering 30 cm native resolution data from Pléiades Neo and will be able to answer to any highly demanding needs in terms of tasking reactivity, revisit, or coverage capacity in various fields such as disaster prevention and preparation activities both in peaceful time and emergency situation, for the national security in broad sense.
Comprised of four identical satellites, the 100% Airbus manufactured, owned and operated Pléiades Neo constellation offers a native resolution of 30 cm with an imaging swath of 14 km., the widest in its category. The constellation will be able to cover the entire Earth landmass five times per year — the first two satellites are already on-orbit and the final two will be launched in mid-2022.