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Satellite Vu, the British company launching a unique constellation of satellites that will deliver insights supporting global challenges, from the highest resolution thermal data from space, has signed a multi-million-pound purchase option with Japan Space Imaging Corporation (JSI) following the opening of Satellite Vu’s Early Access Option Programme (EAOP).
The EAOP provides customers and partners with preferred access to Satellite Vu’s imagery, products, and services; as well as the opportunity to secure satellite capacity to support operational and business requirements.
Tokyo-based space company, JSI, is the leading provider of geospatial information including satellite data, serving defence and intelligence customers as well as civil and commercial markets in Japan. Equipped with Satellite Vu’s data and insights, JSI will expand their global imaging portfolio with high-resolution thermal data for any location on the planet.
Ahead of first launch in May 2023, Satellite Vu has been collecting sample data via an aerial campaign. Partners of the EAOP can influence the location of further aerial campaigns, as well as benefiting from early access to the archive. This will give EAOP partners a head start in applying the insights from Satellite Vu’s unique data, and developing their workflows, ahead of the satellite’s launch.
During commissioning phase, the EAOP enables access to sample images from the satellite archive using Satellite Vu’s delivery platform and API, while also reserving valuable capacity on the first satellite to enable service delivery.
Anthony Baker, Founder and CEO of Satellite Vu, said: “We are excited to be working with JSI to provide our high-resolution data to expand and enhance their imaging portfolio and boost their national security efforts. The benefits of satellite technology and data from space are being felt across the globe, and the launch of our first thermal infrared monitoring satellites next year is the first step in our journey to providing high-quality, consistent data which will have a huge impact for governments and businesses.”
Koji Ueda, CEO and President, Japan Space Imaging Corporation, commented: “We are thrilled with this partnership with Satellite Vu. Our customers are already expressing their interest in the unique capabilities Satellite Vu brings into the market and we cannot wait to serve them with this innovative data and help them address challenging problems in various fields, including national security threats and climate change mitigation.”