Poland Buys Airbus S950 VHR Optical Satellite System

  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 07:41 AM, January 5, 2023
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Poland Buys Airbus S950 VHR Optical Satellite System

Airbus Defence and Space bagged the first export order for S950 VHR geospatial intelligence system with Poland.

The deal includes development, manufacture, launch and delivery in orbit of two of the said high-performance optical Earth observation satellites. It also covers the associated ground segment, including Direct Receiving Station in Poland, launch services, training for the Polish team, maintenance and technical support for the space and ground systems.

Furthermore, the agreement encompasses the delivery of Very High Resolution (VHR) imagery from the Airbus Pléiades Neo constellation as early as 2023.

This contract is the first export success, achieved with the support of the French government, for the Airbus S950 VHR optical satellite which stems from the development of the Pléiades Neo constellation, already operating in orbit with two satellites since 2021. This latest generation system offers a performance of VHR optical capabilities accompanied by a very high agility in orbit.

Following the launch of the satellites from the European Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, the imagery coming from the Polish satellites will be directly received in Poland by the infrastructure of the national satellite system, ensuring full autonomy.

The satellites' assembly, integration and tests will be carried out in Airbus’ clean rooms in Toulouse and launch is planned by 2027. Starting in 2023, Poland will have access to Pléiades Neo imagery directly from Airbus.

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