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Earth Observation Satellites

Earth Observation Satellites
A new look at your world

For a weather-independent data source, high-frequency revisits, very-high-resolution imagery or even all of the above in a single system – we can provide the right Earth observation satellite for every customer.

Our innovative off-the-shelf solutions and highly efficient production processes enable a record-time delivery of highly sophisticated satellites. What’s more – we also have a substantial expertise in ground segment infrastructure and operations as well as data management and imagery exploitation.

#1 Supplierto European Institutions
300 Yearsof In-Orbit Time Since 1986
No In-Orbit Failure
Prime Contractor of Over 70 Earth Observation Satellites

Our Global Expertise

A Preferred Partner of ESA

Airbus Defence and Space is a proud supplier of the European Space Agency (ESA), who has tuned to us for the delivery of some of their most challenging Earth observation missions.

National Missions Worldwide

As the World’s #1 exporter of Earth observation systems, Airbus Defence and Space has successfully delivered such systems across four continents.

Discover our Interactive Map, coming early 2017...

Tomorrow’s Weather and Future Climate

Our meteorology satellites enhance meteorological knowledge, weather forecast and climate change monitoring. They combine optical instruments, atmospheric sounders and microwave instruments to perform a complete range of observations.

A Driving Force for Copernicus

As part of the European Commission’s Copernicus programme, Airbus Defence and Space has been selected as the supplier of numerous Sentinel satellites as well as instruments aboard these satellites.

Thirty years of successful
earth observation

Since the launch of its first Earth observation satellite in 1986, Airbus Defence and Space has successfully built and delivered almost 50 Earth observation satellite systems, accumulating over 300 years of in-orbit operation. Not a single one of these missions has ever failed in orbit.

Today, many of our satellites are in operation well beyond their originally scheduled lifetime.

At the same time, several new satellites as well as numerous payloads for customers around the Globe are currently in construction in our facilities.

 

Top Stories

PerúSAT-1: "This Dream Became Reality"

The Peruvian Space Agency CONIDA trusted Airbus to design and manufacture its first Earth Observation Satellite: PerúSAT-1. In the course of this project, a team of over 60 engineers from Peru has come to Toulouse for an extensive training programme. These experts are now in the best position to tell you the complete success story.

SSOT/FASat-Charlie Celebrates Five Years in Orbit

Airbus Defence and Space developed the SSOT Earth observation satellite for the Chilean Air Force (FACh), in order to access high-quality satellite imagery. In Chile, the spacecraft is commonly known as "FASat-Charlie". It was launched on 16th December 2011, hence celebrating its fifth anniversary in orbit. Read more about this success story.

Our Comprehensive Portfolio

Deliverable in absolute record time, our leading-edge systems are designed as off-the-shelf products that can be individually customized to comply with specific customer requirements.

 
PerúSAT-1

PerúSAT-1 is a very-high-resolution Earth observation satellite system built for the government and Space Agency of Peru. This satellite is the first of its kind operated by Peru and was launched in September 2016.

 
Data Intelligence Services

With an exclusive access to a unique constellation of radar and optical satellites, Airbus Defence and Space supplies a comprehensive portfolio of data and related services.

 
More than "Just" Satellites

With their satellite systems from Airbus Defence and Space, customers tap into an extensive repository of capacity building options, ranging from full in-orbit delivery to satellite data storage solutions.

Surveillance from Space

The GO3S (Geostationary Observation Space Surveillance System) is a revolutionary concept enabling a continuous surveillance over a given area of interest, with an outstanding responsiveness.

 

Our Portfolio

An Unrivalled Expertise
An Unrivalled Expertise
With cutting-edge capabilities and decades of experience, Airbus Defence and Space has all that it takes to design, develop and deliver in-orbit major space systems. Around the Globe, institutional and governmental customers alike rely on our leading-edge Earth observation technology.

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The ideal solution for geospatial applications
Airbus manufactured PerúSAT-1 Earth observation satellite for the Peruvian Space Agency CONIDA image Airbus manufactured PerúSAT-1 Earth observation satellite for the Peruvian Space Agency CONIDA
Peruvian customers tell the story better than anyone else
MetOp-SG: Meteorological Data Across the Entire Globe image MetOp-SG: Meteorological Data Across the Entire Globe
MetOp-SG will provide continuity and enhancement of meteorological data all around the World.
A Driving Force for Copernicus image A Driving Force for Copernicus
Airbus Defence and Space is a key partner for European Commission