Dubai-based Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) announced yesterday the addition of image sourcing services from two new satellites, one of which will play a key role in protection of the Amazon region.

An agreement for access to the China Brazil Earth Resource Satellite (CBERS) was signed earlier this week with Space Imaging do Brazil (SIB), during a Brazilian presidential visit to the UAE.

CBERS, and the Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS-P6) (Resourcesat-1), were successfully launched in the last quarter of this year and will offer colour images with 5m (16ft) resolution.

SIB president Luiz Mendez says acquired images will be essential in the Brazil's overall $1.5 billion plan to protect the Amazon region, providing vital information on deforestation, contraband operations and border movements.

Mohammed El-Kadi, managing director of SIME, says: "The images provided by CBERS and IRS-P6 complement our offering to the market that consists of 1m resolution data."

He says the images from the new satellites are of medium resolution and will be offered at competitive prices to enable the company to target a wider market.

To date SIME is the sole commercial imagery provider to be based in the Middle East, and the first company in the region with access to multi-sensor technology.

Source: Flight Daily News