On 7 February e-GEOS, a joint venture of Telespazio (a partnership between Thales and Leonard) and the Italian Space Agency, announced that it has won a contract to supply geo-information services to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Services shall be provided by e-GEOS through their local partner Geospatial Intelligence Pty Limited.
Under the contract, e-GEOS will distribute data from Italy’s COSMO-SkyMed satellites, which the company says is the world’s only dual-use radar Earth observation constellation.
AMSA will use data from the four operational satellites in the constellation for shipping safety and the protection of the country’s marine environment, as well as the coordination of emergency operations at sea.
In particular, AMSA says it will use the data to support the monitoring of oil spills, and in identifying illegal oil dumping in the seas and the ships causing pollution.
“The contract acquired with the AMSA and the partnership signed with Geospatial Intelligence Pty Limited constitute a milestone in the activities of our group in the Australian space market,” stated Massimo Claudio Comparini, Head of Business Line Geo-Information of Telespazio and Chief Executive Officer of e-GEOS. “This confirms yet again the validity of the services offered by e-GEOS in the Earth observation sector.