RapidEye, a geospatial solutions provider that owns and operates a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, announced that it has recently completed an extensive imagery campaign over Africa. The campaign, which ran for 25 weeks from September of 2010 until March 1, 2011, produced more than 107 million km² of the continent of Africa.
“This is another amazing demonstration of what our system is capable of achieving,” said Michael Oxfort, chief engineer, RapidEye. “We tasked our satellites to acquire more than 4,200 takes over the entire continent of Africa. Many areas of rainforest, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have been collected with great success and very little cloud cover.” In recent weeks, RapidEye has signed on two new distributors in Africa, with more on the way. The RapidEye Library now contains more than 90% of Africa with less than 10% cloud coverage. Many areas have been imaged multiple times since the RapidEye satellites became commercially operational 25 months ago.