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BAE Systems, Airbus Defense and Space team for geo-spatial products

BAE Systems and Airbus Defense and Space are to jointly leverage satellite data to develop geo-spatial intelligence products for government and civilian markets.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM
ARLINGTON, Va., May 21 (UPI) -- BAE Systems and Airbus Defense and Space have partnered to produce and market geospatial intelligence products and solutions.

The geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT, products developed will leverage satellite data collected by Airbus Defense and Space's TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X radar satellites.

"The Airbus Defense and Space radar satellite missions are collecting data of unprecedented quality and accuracy on a global scale," said DeEtte Gray, president of BAE Systems' Intelligence & Security sector. "The products we are teaming to develop represent a major leap forward in SAR-based products and services that enhance various sophisticated applications."

SAR is an acronym for synthetic aperture radar.

"BAE Systems' expertise will leverage the SAR data we're collecting into refined sets of geospatial intelligence products, that meet stringent U.S government standards," said Bernhard Brenner, senior vice president for Geo-Intelligence at Airbus Defense and Space.

BAE Systems, in making the announcement of the teaming, said Airbus Defense and Space's TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X are high-resolution X-Band SAR systems that collect data for precision change detection applications, maritime monitoring, digital elevation modeling, ground control point extractions, and topographical mapping in regions that experience persistent cloud cover.

Additional details of the strategic alliance were not disclosed.

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