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The Italian e-GEOS and the Argentine VENG sign a strategic agreement for the worldwide distribution of satellite data of the constellation SAOCOM

e-GEOS, a company founded by Telespazio (80%) and the Italian space agency? ASI (20%) has signed a cooperation, marketing and distribution agreement with VENG, an Argentine company established by the National Commission on Space Activities (97%). CONAE for the worldwide dissemination of data collected outside of Europe by the satellite constellation SAOCOM (Argentine Satellite for Microwave Observation).

The SAOCOM constellation, consisting of two identical satellites (SAOCOM 1A and 1B) and the COSMO SkyMed constellation, are part of SIASGE, a joint project by CONAE and ASI. VENG as the official distributor of the products and data of the Argentine satellite SAOCOM named by CONAE as part of its worldwide sales efforts and through this agreement names eGEOS as a worldwide distributor only in a few countries.

The agreement expands e-GEOS ‘commercial portfolio to include L-band SAR data, which complements the information from the COSMO-SkyMed X-band SAR constellation and the second generation COSMO-SkyMed provided by the Italian space agency and the Italian Ministry of Defense. Users have access to more SAR data suitable for a wider range of uses and providing better coverage.

With this alliance, the ability to export high value added Argentine technology increases thanks to the significant expansion of the global trading capacity of SAOCOM Mission products, thereby maximizing the socio-economic impact on a global scale and making VENG an international position. Thanks to the unique L-band SAR technology, SAOCOM satellites can monitor the earth day and night regardless of the weather conditions. It can penetrate the vegetation cover and soil and collect information about soil moisture to produce risk maps and interferometry products.

The processed data can be used to prevent and mitigate environmental and human events. Some examples include: soil displacement, soil moisture maps, control of oil and gas production, control of floods and droughts, detachment of glaciers, detection of urban drinking water leaks, monitoring of oil spills, and transportation and infrastructure studies.

The complementarity between X-band and L-band images, characterized by lower resolution but higher fidelity over time, ensures additional data of high quality for different applications (e.g. natural resource identification, interferometry and glaciology). The orbital configuration of the two missions also allows the same target to be captured using either X-band or L-band with a distance of just 14 minutes, enabling unmatched analytical capabilities. In addition, the joint operation between the four COSMO SkyMed satellites, the first of four second generation COSMO X-band satellites, and the two L-band SAOCOM satellites doubles the daily coverage capacity and offers exceptional repetition frequencies for specific operational needs .

This agreement further enriches the e-GEOS data offering and is an opportunity to confirm our ability to create new services and applications by combining SAOCOM data with data from the first and second generation of COSMO SkyMed satellites. In addition, the result of this cooperation can be improved and disseminated worldwide through e GEOS subsidiaries. This agreement, which allows new services to support the monitoring and sustainable management of the environment and urban areas, also confirms the longstanding industrial cooperation between Italy and Argentina, in which Leonardo has been active for more than 25 years, ”said Paolo Minciacchi. . CEO of e-GEOS and Director of the Geo Information division of Telespazio (a joint venture between Leonardo 67% and Thales 33%).

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