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Earth observation

Earth observation

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 Supplier
to European Institutions
300 Years of In-Orbit Time Since 1986
No In-Orbit Failure
Prime contractor
of Over 70 Earth Observation Satellites

Thirty years of succesful 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.

Media

Example Of GOCI Images      
Example Of GOCI Images
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20 December 2017

Example Of GOCI Images

Example of GOCI images for monitoring of turbidity. GOCI-II is planned to be launched in 2019 and will continue GOCI mission

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PAZ Satellite      
PAZ Satellite
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19 December 2017

PAZ Satellite

PAZ satellite moments before being loaded into its container

Artist View GRACE FO InSpace      
Artist View GRACE FO InSpace
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12 December 2017

Artist View GRACE FO InSpace

Artist View GRACE FO In Space

Grace-FO satellites - Loading into Airplane      
Grace-FO satellites - Loading into Airplane
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12 December 2017

Grace-FO satellites - Loading into Airplane

Grace-FO satellites - Loading into Airplane

PeruSAT 1 Close To Peru      
PeruSAT 1 Close To Peru
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05 December 2017

PeruSAT 1 Close To Peru

Meteosat Satellite      
Meteosat Satellite
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29 November 2017

Meteosat Satellite

In order to maintain its stable position, Meteosat spins at 100 rpm around its main axis.

MetOpA1      
MetOpA1
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29 November 2017

MetOpA1

The MetOps in orbit (artist’s vision)

Meteosat-1      
Meteosat-1
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29 November 2017

Meteosat-1

Meteosat-1 was launched into space on 23 November 1977 and sent this first image on 9 December 1977.

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27 November 2017

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Princes' Park of Paris, France Pleiades Satellite Imagery

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27 November 2017

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Fidji Spot 7 Satellite Imagery

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27 November 2017

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Strait of Gibraltar TerraSAR-X satellite Imagery

Meteosat Satellite Copyright ESA      
Meteosat Satellite Copyright ESA
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24 November 2017

Meteosat Satellite Copyright ESA

PAZ Artist View Copyright Airbus2017      
PAZ Artist View Copyright Airbus2017
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21 November 2017

PAZ Artist View Copyright Airbus2017

Satellite PAZ Artist View

PAZ Satellite Copyright Airbus2017      
PAZ Satellite Copyright Airbus2017
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21 November 2017

PAZ Satellite Copyright Airbus2017

Satellite PAZ

Grace-Fo-satellites      
Grace-Fo-satellites
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09 November 2017

Grace-Fo-satellites

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO) mission is a partnership between NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). GRACE-FO is a successor to the original GRACE mission, which began orbiting Earth on March 17, 2002. GRACE-FO will carry on the extremely successful work of its predecessor while testing a new technology designed to dramatically improve the already remarkable precision of its measurement system. The GRACE missions measure variations in gravity over Earth's surface, producing a new map of the gravity field every 30 days. Thus, GRACE shows how the planet's gravity differs not only from one location to another, but also from one period of time to another. Airbus Defence and Space (Friedrichshafen/Germany) is the industrial prime contractor to build the satellites.

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Astrobus S Inspace Small 816x427 768x402
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06 November 2017

Astrobus S Inspace Small 816x427 768x402

Perusathome 281x188      
Perusathome 281x188
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06 November 2017

Perusathome 281x188

Airbus Defence And Space Engineer Perusat 1 Training 382x254      
Airbus Defence And Space Engineer Perusat 1 Training 382x254
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06 November 2017

Airbus Defence And Space Engineer Perusat 1 Training 382x254

Airbus Defence And Space Capacity Building Ground Segments      
Airbus Defence And Space Capacity Building Ground Segments
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06 November 2017

Airbus Defence And Space Capacity Building Ground Segments

GOCI II Instrument      
GOCI II Instrument
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26 October 2017

GOCI II Instrument

GOCI-II sensor unit, inside on-ground supporting structure, with electronics

Infographic PAZ-ES_Copyright Airbus2017      
Infographic PAZ-ES_Copyright Airbus2017
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21 November 2017

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Satellite PAZ Infographic ES

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Infographic PAZ-EN_Copyright Airbus2017
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21 November 2017

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Satellite PAZ Infographic EN

Sentinel-5p - Overview      
Sentinel-5p - Overview
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19 July 2017

Sentinel-5p - Overview

Sentinel-5p - Overview

Sentinel-5p - Function      
Sentinel-5p - Function
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19 July 2017

Sentinel-5p - Function

Sentinel-5p - Function

Sentinel-5p - Airbus Contribution      
Sentinel-5p - Airbus Contribution
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19 July 2017

Sentinel-5p - Airbus Contribution

Sentinel-5p - Airbus Contribution

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic ES      
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic ES
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16 June 2015

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic ES

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic FR      
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic FR
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18 May 2015

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic FR

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic DE      
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic DE
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18 May 2015

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic DE

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic EN      
Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic EN
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18 May 2015

Copernicus and Sentinels Infographic EN

Sentinel-5 Precursor        
 
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05 October 2017

Sentinel-5 Precursor

Sentinel-5 Precursor – a ESA/Kingdom of the Netherlands mission for the European Copernicus Programme – was built by Airbus on an Astrobus-M platform carrying the tropospheric ozone monitoring instrument TROPOMI. Sentinel-5 Precursor is the 1st Copernicus satellite dedicated to monitoring atmospheric chemistry.

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Biomass - Promo clip        
 
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12 June 2017

Biomass - Promo clip

Airbus is building Biomass, the 1st P-band radar in space that will measure the amount of biomass and carbon locked in the world’s forests and how this changes over time. It will provide support to United Nations treaties, notably the Reduction of Emissions due to Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

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The New Journey into Space        
 
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22 May 2017

The New Journey into Space

The sky is not the limit! The new journey into space shows the innovative and manifold space portfolio of Airbus.

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 GRACE-FO satellites        
 
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19 May 2017

GRACE-FO satellites

Both GRACE-FO satellites will continually take very exact measurements of their separation distance, which changes depending on the Earth’s gravity. In this way, scientists are able to map the Earth’s gravitational fields.

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Earth Observation Portfolio        
 
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11 May 2017

Earth Observation Portfolio

Airbus is able to provide the right satellite for every customer – whether they need a weather-independent data source, high-frequency revisits, very-high-resolution imagery or even all of the above (and more) in a single system.

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PerúSAT-1 - A 24-month story from A to Z        
 
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04 May 2017

PerúSAT-1 - A 24-month story from A to Z

PerúSAT-1 is a very-high-resolution Earth observation satellite system built for the government and Space Agency of Peru.

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PerúSAT-1 Customer's Testimonials        
 
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31 March 2017

PerúSAT-1 Customer's Testimonials

The Peruvian government and the Peruvian Space Agency CONIDA trusted Airbus to design and manufacture the “most advanced Earth observation satellite in Latin America: PerúSAT-1”.

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Copernicus and its Sentinels        
 
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15 March 2017

Copernicus and its Sentinels

Airbus has been a key partner in the Copernicus programme since it kicked off in 1998 under the name GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). Copernicus comprises an 'in-situ' measurement component and a 'services' component addressing six specific topics: oceans, atmosphere, climate change, land, security and emergency management.

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Copernicus - Sentinel 2B        
 
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07 March 2017

Copernicus - Sentinel 2B

The Sentinel-2 mission is based on a constellation of two identical satellites in the same orbit, 180° apart for optimal coverage and data delivery. The satellites are orbiting the Earth every 100 minutes covering all Earth’s land surfaces, large islands, inland and coastal waters every five days. For more info: http://bit.ly/2mRlH9k

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Sentinel-2 - Promo clip        
 
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15 February 2017

Sentinel-2 - Promo clip

Airbus is the prime contractor for Sentinel-2, an innovative wide swath high-resolution multispectral imager with 13 spectral bands for a new perspective of our land and vegetation.

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Sentinel-2 - Promotionnal clip        
 
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06 February 2017

Sentinel-2 - Promotionnal clip

The Sentinel-2 satellites will deliver optical images from the visible-near infrared to short-wave infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum using a total of 13 spectral bands with a resolution of 10, 20 or 60 meters and a swath width of 290 km and will be used mainly in the areas of land use, soil sealing, land management, forest monitoring, natural disasters (floods, forest fires, landslides, erosion) and humanitarian aid.

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Aeolus        
 
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17 January 2017

Aeolus

Aeolus will measure global wind speeds in horizontal slices up to 30 km above the Earth’s surface and improve the performance of numerical weather forecasts.

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Airbus Defence and Space to build Biomass – the European Space Agency’s forest mission        
 
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04 July 2016

Airbus Defence and Space to build Biomass – the European Space Agency’s forest mission

Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to build its next Earth Explorer mission, the Biomass satellite. Biomass is due to launch in 2021 and will measure forest biomass to assess terrestrial carbon stocks and fluxes for five years. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1Tt2bVf

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Meet us at ILA 2016 in Berlin        
 
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18 May 2016

Meet us at ILA 2016 in Berlin

This year we will be present from 1st to 4th June at the ILA Berlin Air Show, held in Germany – where we have a significant industrial footprint and strong heritage. Come visit us at our booth in hall 2 and see our products in the BDLI space pavilion as well as on flight- and static display. More info: http://bit.ly/2053SNn

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Earth Observation        
 
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29 March 2016

Earth Observation

Airbus Defence and Space is able to provide the right satellite for every customer – whether they need a weather-independent data source, high-frequency revisits, very-high-resolution imagery or even all of the above (and more) in a single system. More info: http://bit.ly/1Q55vKF

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Secure Exchange Gateway Lösung von Airbus Defence and Space        
 
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10 March 2016

Secure Exchange Gateway Lösung von Airbus Defence and Space

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI) hat Airbus Defence and Space das Secure Exchange Gateway entwickelt. Sichere Netzübergänge erlauben den automatischen Datenaustausch zwischen Netzen mit hohem (HIGH) und mit niedrigerem (LOW) Schutzbedarf ohne unerlaubten Informations- und Datenabfluss. Mehr Informationen: http://bit.ly/24TqQLM

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Airbus Defence and Space: SPOT Family, 30 years of Space imagery        
 
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23 February 2016

Airbus Defence and Space: SPOT Family, 30 years of Space imagery

From the launch of SPOT 1 to the commissioning of its descendants SPOT 6 and 7, Airbus Defence and Space satellites have covered more than 700 times the Earth's surface, always with the same goal: provide people with valuable data about our planet. Find out more: https://airbusdefenceandspace.com/30-years-of-space-imagery/

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Spot 6/7        
 
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09 February 2016

Spot 6/7

With SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, the SPOT series is entering a new era. Together, the two satellites form an Earth-observation constellation with highly responsive sensors that increase acquisition capacity and simplify data access. For more info: http://bit.ly/1NZNvtn

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SpaceDataHighway - Interview Evert Dudok        
 
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30 January 2016

SpaceDataHighway - Interview Evert Dudok

Interview with Evert Dudok, EVP Communications, Intelligence and Security on SpaceDataHighway Via EDRS-A and EDRS-C relay satellites equipped with laser communication terminal (LCT), the SpaceDataHighway will be able to transfer information (images, video, data collected by sensors) from Earth observation satellites, manned and unmanned airborne platforms, or even from a space station such as the ISS. For more information: https://airbusdefenceandspace.com/edrs-spacedatahighway/

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Lisa Pathfinder - Space Exploration Satellite        
 
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18 November 2015

Lisa Pathfinder - Space Exploration Satellite

Pushing physics to the limit: Airbus Defence and Space engineers have designed and built the spacecraft and instruments for LISA Pathfinder, the technology demonstrator mission of one of the most ambitious scientific undertakings to date: proving key elements of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.More info: http://bit.ly/23YrZ41

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