Airbus Defence and Space and Scanex, the Russian Earth observation company, will be working together for the next four years to provide Earth observation images. Specifically, Airbus will have access to Scanex's optical satellite imagery via the One Atlas platform, covering 180 million km² throughout the term of the contract.
One of the benefactors of the new partnership is Yandex, one of the largest Internet companies in Europe, which operates Russia’s most popular search engine. Yandex feeds its Yandex.Maps portal by purchasing satellite imagery from Scanex.
The 180 million km² of One Atlas data will be integrated into Yandex.Maps, ensuring access to fresh SPOT satellites 1.5m resolution images on a global scale, and Pléiades satellite 0.5m resolution product over cities. One Atlas is a satellite image basemap which covers the Earth landmasses with professional grade imagery. Available online 24/7 and refreshed within a 12-month period, One Atlas easily provides customers to cost effective and precise imagery. This streamed basemap facilitates the sharing of data across teams or partner organizations, with no compromise on security or privacy.
Andrey Strelkov, Yandex’s head of geolocation products stated that Yandex.Maps proposes detailed maps of most countries, and satellite layer. Their access to the up-to-date, high-quality images of the One Atlas platform will help them to regularly improve their geo-services.
Valery Barinberg, Scanex General Director, said this new agreement reinforces the long-term collaboration between our companies and brings together two organizations, Airbus and Yandex, well known for delivering quality content, expertise and innovation to the world. It was a group effort and they are excited to be a part of this team.
François Lombard, Head of Intelligence Business Cluster at Airbus Defence and Space added that they are very happy to sign this One Atlas contract with Scanex, longterm and faithful partner, who has always trusted in their products and innovations.