Under an agreement signed by both companies, Airbus Defense and Space and ESRI have developed three new premium content services that provide ArcGIS Online users with an option to access Pléiades and SPOT thematic imagery, customised monitoring services, and – for the first time on the ArcGIS Marketplace – the ability to directly task Airbus Defense and Space’s optical satellites to capture the imagery they require.
These services were launched this week at the Esri International User Conference, running July 14-18 in San Diego, CA.
The ArcGIS Marketplace is a destination where ArcGIS Online users can search, discover, and get apps and data from qualified providers for use within their organisation. The Airbus Defense and Space Premium Content Services listed in the Marketplace will be available to ArcGIS users worldwide.
“We are very excited to be able to provide ArcGIS users with unprecedented access to our satellite imagery products and services,” said Bernhard Brenner, Head of the Geo-Intelligence program line of Airbus Defense and Space. “Working directly with the Esri team has enabled us to develop three services we know will fit the needs of ArcGIS users. We will be providing demos at the Esri International User Conference, so we encourage everyone to stop by Booth #1215.”
“This represents a tremendous advantage for our users, who will now have access to the extensive global archive of Airbus Defense and Space imagery and be able to task satellites anywhere in the world,” said Jack Dangermond, President of Esri, “We are excited to offer the Airbus Defense and Space Premium Content Services through our ArcGIS Marketplace.”
Thematic Imagery layers consist of 50cm natural colour, orthorectified imagery in pre-packaged, themed datasets. As an example, airport imagery layers of Eastern Europe and the Middle East will be available as soon as the new services are launched. Thematic Imagery layers will be updated regularly, and brand new, themed imagery layers will be added to the Marketplace in the coming months.
ArcGIS Online users will also be able to order Pléiades and SPOT 6 (and soon 7) archive imagery with a ‘Satellite Tasking and Archive’ app, where the user selects an area of interest, and any options for tasking and archive display on the screen. Once acquired, imagery is automatically produced and delivered through the users’ ArcGIS Online account.
Lastly, Airbus Defense and Space’s Site Monitoring service offers a detailed analysis of change detection over pre-selected sites, or the users can choose their own site to be monitored.