Magazine article National Defense

Constellation to Provide Color Video Footage

Magazine article National Defense

Constellation to Provide Color Video Footage

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* A British satellite company is working to supply color video footage to the geospatial intelligence community.

Earth-i, a Guildford, England-based satellite company, announced in June a new program to operate a commercial constellation that will provide still images and full-color video footage. The company will launch its first prototype satellite by the end of 2017, Earth-i announced during the annual GEOINT Symposium in San Antonio, Texas. It is being manufactured and launched in partnership with fellow British company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., part of the Airbus Defence and Space Group.

Earth-i's new constellation will allow it to provide several capabilities new to the market including: images and full-motion, high-definition color video; the ability to accurately film in colored video moving targets including vehicles, vessels and aircraft; and revisiting the same location multiple times per day with satellites that can point to specific areas of interest. It will also record high-resolution still images and video, the company said.

Richard Blain, CEO of Earth-i, said these new services promise to extract the highest value from space data.

The constellation was designed for organizations that need to "strike a different balance between the cost of acquiring data from space, and access to sufficiently highresolution quality images and video," he added. …

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