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RapidEye Contracted to Cover China Third Year Running PDF Print E-mail
Written by RapidEye   
07 December 2011

Brandenburg / Havel, Germany, December 7, 2011 – RapidEye, a leader in wide
area, repetitive coverage of Earth through its constellation of satellites
announced today that it has signed a contract with China's Ministry of Land
and Resources (MLR) to cover almost five million square kilometers of China
over the next few months.

This is the third consecutive year that RapidEye was a successful bidder to
cover China for the MLR.

“With its five satellites and the strongest satellite imagery collection
capability to our markets, the RapidEye system performs extremely well when
serving clients such as MLR,” commented Mr. Bing Sun, CEO of Beijing Eastdawn
Information Technology Co. Ltd.(EDIT). “We strongly believe our partnership
with RapidEye brings the best satellite technology available as well as
service know-how to the Chinese market.”

“There was a tremendous amount of preparation by our Chinese distributor, EDIT
to position us. The competition is getting more severe, but EDIT represented
us well,” commented John Ahlrichs, Vice President of International Sales for
RapidEye. “Of course, the sales process was made easier because we have proven
to the MLR twice before that we are reliable and can deliver high quality data
over wide areas on time or ahead of schedule.”

The agreement between RapidEye and the MLR would require a delivery of nearly
five million square kilometers of China (more than 50% of the country) with
less than 10% cloud cover. Some key areas that will prove a challenge are the
traditionally cloudy areas of Tibet and the Southeastern provinces.

“With an order such as this, there's really no better system than ours to deal
with historically cloudy areas,” commented Massimiliano Vitale, RapidEye's
Chief Operating Officer. “We will never get the areas cloud free, but our
system will have a better chance because of our quick return capabilities.”

In anticipation of the order, RapidEye began imaging the area of interest
(AOI) in early August. Currently the imaging campaign is scheduled for
completion in later this month, earlier than in previous years.

About Eastdawn

Beijing Eastdawn Information Technology Co., Ltd. is a leading geospatial
information provider in China. Founded in 2001, Eastdawn is headquartered in
Beijing, China and is certified as a Class-A surveying and mapping company in
China. Eastdawn provides spatial data services and solutions to governmental
and commercial clients around the world. Eastdawn’s business includes remote
sensing and photogrammetric data capture, data processing and geospatial
information applications. For more information, please visit

About RapidEye

RapidEye is a provider of quality high-resolution satellite imagery and
derived geo-information products. With a constellation of five Earth
Observation satellites, RapidEye images over 4 million square kilometers of
earth every day, and anticipates amassing 3 billion square kilometers in its
archive by February of 2012. With an unprecedented combination of wide area
repetitive coverage and five meter pixel size multi-spectral imagery, RapidEye
is a natural choice for many industries and government agencies. RapidEye:
Delivering the World. www.rapideye.de.

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