Thursday, February 05, 2009

RapidEye now on commercial operations

RapidEye, announced that their system has successfully completed all post-launch testing and calibration activities, and is now ready to take on commercial operations.

The satellite constellation was successfully launched in August 2008. Since that time, RapidEye's prime contractor, MDA (MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) has been conducting the commissioning period on both the space and ground segment in which system performance and product quality were thoroughly measured, analysed and verified.

“This is where MDA 'hands us the keys' to the system,” said Wolfgang Biedermann, CEO of RapidEye. “Not only can we begin selling our data products, but this is also the point where we can integrate our imagery into the services we're currently working on. This milestone is as significant for us as the launch of the satellites. We have overcome a lot of obstacles to get here and if it weren't for the talent and dedication of so many people from MDA, its subcontractors Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and Jena-Optronik GmbH, and our own RapidEye specialists, this wouldn't have been possible.”

A worldwide network of distributors is being assembled by RapidEye to facilitate easy access to RapidEye's products by customers in their own language and region. These partnerships should be completed later this year. For more information about current distributors or how to purchase RapidEye's products or services, please visit

An e-commerce platform is also currently under construction that will be available from RapidEye's website. This self-service shop will allow customers to search for, purchase and immediately download RapidEye Standard Image Products with no minimum order size. The company plans to unveil 'The RapidEye Kiosk' within the next few months.


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