Friday, May 23, 2008

Moscow city in 2008 VHR imagery complete coverage

On April 25, 2008 ScanEx specialists acquired the complete coverage of Moscow with EROS B satellite imagery at 0.7 m resolution. The received images are highly valued due to the absence of foliage and snow, thus enabling to study the city infrastructure in most efficient way. Due to high onboard imaging equipment output the entire area of the capital of over 3 000 km2 was covered within two passes only. The satellite also captured the images of the following spring-time Russian towns: Saratov, Engels, Neftekamsk, Naberezhnye Chelny, Inta and western districts of Ufa.

The imaging efficiency is linked directly to the possibilities of the new EROS B service – EPOD (Exclusive Pass On Demand), enabling to task the imaging only several hours prior to the pass, which fact dramatically increases the probability of getting cloud-free images. Until recently, image tasking was available only with 36-hours minimum advance notice for rush and 48-hours notice for standard imaging modes. Now this advance notice period is reduced to 6 hours.

The unique EROS B satellite programming technology available now to all the users in Russia and CIS enables both to more efficiently carry out the projects, requiring reception and processing of data in near real-time mode, and to do regular imaging of areas and linear objects (main pipelines, highways, railways, etc.).

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