Airbus to Help Air Force Operate Satellite Imagery Ground Stations

Eagle-VisionAirbus‘ defense and space segment will help the U.S. Air Force with system evolution and maintenance support on the service’s five Eagle Vision ground stations through 2019 under a new five-year contract.

Airbus said Tuesday the contract includes 24/7 support, spares management, failure corrections, preventive maintenance and staff training services as well as satellite integration, footprint reduction and other modifications.

The five ground stations are located in Germany at Ramstein Air Base and in the U.S. at San Diego Air National Guard Station,  McEntire Joint National Guard Base,  Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Redstone Arsenal.

Eagle Vision is a deployable, commercial ground system that collects satellite imagery through Synthetic Aperture Radar and optical technology to support missions in homeland security, combat and disaster relief.

Airbus said these fourth-generation systems receive images from satellite constellations that Airbus Defense and Space operates with Radarsat and RapidEye, including TerraSAR-X and Tandem-X.

The Air Force’s ISR Innovations office and Hanscom Air Force Base’s program management office sponsor the Eagle Vision program.

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