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Munich 27 June 2003: Dubai based, Space Imaging Middle East (SIME), the regional leader in satellite imagery officially launched its European subsidiary today; European Space Imaging (EUSI). EUSI operates a ground station in Oberpfaffenhofen, just West of Munich, Germany.

The ground station will task and receive IKONOS high -resolution imagery for Europe and North Africa.

EUSI cone complements Space Imaging Middle EAST coverage area. “Today, we will have ownership of imagery spanning from the Arabian Sea to the Atlantic Ocean and from the ArcticCircle to the Saharan Desert in Africa” said Mohammed El Kadi, Managing Director, Space Imaging Middle East, as he was touring the ground station with the press.

To establish EUSI, Space Imaging Middle East has teamed up with DLR, the German Aerospace Centre to operate the ground station, and GAF AG of Munich, to provide specialized remote sensing studies and research. Additionally, DLR is the prime technology partner in the development of hosting and electronic delivery of satellite imagery. “Our partnership with two of Europe’s prominent technology providers will have a synergistic benefit to EUSI” said El-Kadi “The partnership will also result in technology and know-how transfer to our company and will contribute to the technological development of the Middle EAST and the Arab world” said El- Kadi.

During the launch event, EUSI gave two briefings to explain the benefits of satellite imagery and to describe how the technology works. The first, presented EUSI as “The Newest and most Experienced Regional Affiliate”; additionally the presentation showcased EUSI plans and strategies to change the way imagery is used in Europe. The second lecture described the IKONOS technology and imagery applications.

The new company is set to capture a sizable portion of European imagery market; the second largest market in remote sensing worldwide. EUSI will be introducing the single channel concept to Europe. “We are uniquely positioned to supply comprehensive range of spatial information products and services to European clients” said Adrian Zevenbergen, EUSI’s Director Sales and Marketing. European clients will be able to order all their global imagery through EUSI’s Single Channel Program.

The success of the Dubai experience has encouraged SIME to establish a European entity. The Dubai model has outperformed Space Imaging affiliates worldwide as it recorded the fastest delivery turnaround time for the year 2002, with SIME clients benefiting from “same day delivery service”. “Timeliness and accuracy in responding to clients’ queries has been the key to our success and to the growth of our operations in the region.” said El Kadi. Since 1999, SIME turnover has been doubling every year.

EUSI's products include a wide and growing range of custom and off-the-shelf geographic-based information products and services. The imagery offered is used in cartography, agriculture and forestry, urban planning, disaster management, infrastructure management, environmental monitoring, transportation, and a variety of other markets.

About Space Imaging Middle East
Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) is the leading geospatial and GIS solutions provider in the MENA region. We offer a full spectrum of products and services ranging from imagery collection and processing, to highly customized and sophisticated GIS database and software solutions. SIME is also a founding member of the WorldView Global Alliance, a partnership between SIME, DigitalGlobe, Inc. and European Space Imaging. A first in the industry, the Alliance offers our clients a single channel through which to access best-in-class high-resolution satellite imagery products and services combined with local, direct access service for rapid collection and tailored GIS solutions, supported by expert customer service. For more information on SIME or the WorldView Global Alliance, please visit http://www.spaceimagingme.com 

About GAF - AG
GAF AG is one of Europe’s leading value adding companies in the fields of remote sensing and GIS. The company offers a broad spectrum of applications, ranging from procurement of geodata (e.g., satellite and aerial data, DEM, land use and land cover data), value adding processing, information processing and software development to the provision of turn-key technical assistance projects and customized spatial land management and monitoring systems. Through an agreement with Space Imaging, GAF’s subsidiary Euromap is sole provider in Europe of IRS satellite imagery products. Euromap receives and processes IRS data in cooperation with DLR at its facility in Neustrelitz, Germany. More information can be found at www.gaf.de.

About DLR-DFD
DLR, Germany’s AerospaceCenter and space agency, has its headquarters in Cologne, Germany, and employs over 4,500 people. It is DLR’s objective to enrich lives through the means put at its disposal by aeronautics and space flight and to make a valuable contribution to securing and shaping the future. DLR’s German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) in Oberpfaffenhofen and Neustrelitz has over 20 years of experience in operating, receiving and processing data for a large variety of satellites around the world. Currently, DFD operates several receiving stations in Germany and around the world. Data is received from Meteosat, Terra/Aqua NOAA, Landsat, ERS, ENVISAT, Bird, Grace, Champ, IRS and other satellites. The development of technologies providing sophisticated information based on satellite remote sensing is one of DFD’s major objectives. Apart from this, archived satellite data is provided to users via direct access networks. Starting in 2005 DLR will operate the TerraSAR-X satellite on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. For more information see: www.dlr.de and www.caf.dlr.de/caf/institut/dfd.