RapidEye Expands U.S. Team of Reseller Partners To Include Harris Corporation

Brandenburg / Havel, Germany, March 18, 2010 – RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, announced today that a partnership agreement has been recently signed with Florida-based Harris Corporation’s Government Communications Systems Division. 

Harris Corporation has a long and interesting history, beginning as the Harris Automatic Press Company in 1895. It has grown, changed and adapted over the last century into an international communications and information technology company that produces wireless equipment, electronic systems, and both terrestrial and spaceborne antennas for use in the government, defense, and commercial sectors.

“We are proud to introduce Harris Corporation as our service partner and a customer of our data,” commented John Ahlrichs, Vice President of RapidEye. “Our 5 meter resolution data is already being incorporated into Harris’ TrueTerrain™ true-color orthomosaic products for the visualization-simulation and mapping markets. With their experience and know-how, Harris Corporation will be able to offer new, image based products covering large areas to their global customer base. RapidEye is very focused on expanding awareness of its products in those markets, and Harris will surely be instrumental in helping us reach that goal.”

“RapidEye’s unique satellite constellation of 5-band multispectral 5 meter data provides a new source of commercial imagery that will allow us to build a suite of value-added products to better serve our commercial and governmental customers alike,” said Tom Freeberg, Director of Geospatial Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems Division. “We are excited about this agreement with RapidEye and look forward to supporting many projects utilizing their data in the coming years.”

RapidEye’s worldwide network of partners and distributors is continuously growing to provide customers an avenue to purchase RapidEye products in their own region and in their own language. You can follow the progress of RapidEye’s partner team by visiting www.rapideye.de/home/about-us/index.html

About RapidEye AG
RapidEye is an ISO-certified geospatial information provider focused on integrating customized and industry specific solutions into the workflow of global customers in agriculture, forestry, energy, infrastructure, government, security and emergency. RapidEye experts and the satellite system – a constellation of five satellites capable of imaging and downloading over 4 million km² of high resolution, multi-spectral imagery per day, and a ground segment for processing and archiving data – allow for cost-effective customized services. The unique combination of large area coverage, high spatial resolution and the possibility of daily revisit to an area provide for superior management information solutions. Currently, more than 123 experts from more than 20 countries are employed by RapidEye, with plans to grow the team to 130 in 2010. RapidEye benefits from a public-private partnership with the Space Agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. RapidEye is also cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). For more information on ERDF please contact efreinfo@mw.brandenburg.de For more information about RapidEye, please visit www.rapideye.de.

For additional information about Harris Corporation, visit www.geospatial.harris.com