ANTENNA AT THE CONSTELLATION DIRECT ACCESS FACILITY
📷 BY CLAUS BROJA

Ground Station

INVESTING IN EUROPE

 

European Space Imaging owns and operates a constellation Direct Access Facility (cDAF) at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) near Munich. From here we have a direct uplink and downlink to the WorldView satellites as they pass over Europe and North Africa, allowing us to optimise our image collection strategies and deliver the highest quality data to our clients.

OPTIMISED COLLECTION STRATEGY

European Space Imaging is unique amongst ground station operators because we plan our collections taking into account the real-time weather situation, rather than using the weather forecast. In the minutes before the satellite is tasked with collecting an image our staff monitor the radar for clouds, and use that information to make the smartest choice about which images to collect. This allows:

  • Minimal levels of cloud cover
  • Optimised collection capacity
  • Last minute updates to satellite tasking plans
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