|Space Imaging's IKONOS&trade Satellite Images Entire Territory of Puerto Ric|
Space Imaging's IKONOS&trade Satellite Images Entire Territory of Puerto Rico
Denver, Colorado -- (Space Imaging) July 18, 2002 - Space Imaging, the world's leading provider of Earth imagery and related services to commercial and government markets, announced today that it has completed delivery of one-meter, high-resolution satellite images of the entire 3,515 square-mile island of Puerto Rico. The mosaicked, map accurate imagery was bought by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Satellite Image)
This one-meter resolution image of San Juan, Puerto Rico was taken by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite on Jan. 23, 2002. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is located on the island's northeastern coast. In the northwestern section of the image is the 74-acre El Morro Fortress built by the Spaniards in the early 1500s to protect the city from enemy invasions. To the southwest, the image shows La Fortaleza originally built as a defense fort and later converted to the official Governor's Residence. The image also highlights the seven-square-block city of Old San Juan with its four major plazas surrounded by a 140-foot wall and nearby is Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport. Several large cruise ships can be seen tied up to long piers.
The agreement was signed through Space Imaging's reseller, RLDA Surveying & Mapping (Puerto Rico), to advance the development of Puerto Rico's Geographical Information Archive project to enable the Commonwealth to more efficiently plan and manage high-profile infrastructure projects such as highways, water and electric power distribution, natural resource inventory improvement, risk mitigation, and effective emergency response. The project included the delivery of IKONOS orthorectified imagery products to all of Puerto Rico's land-related and mapping agencies. The entire island was shot at one-meter resolution with a horizontal accuracy of up to 4-meters and 1:4,800 National Map Accuracy Standard (NMAS).
"This will be the first time Puerto Rico has been commercially imaged with one-meter satellite imagery," said the Office of Management and Budget for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. "The IKONOS satellite will provide the latest and most-detailed information available to map Puerto Rico's geographic elements and update imprecise and obsolete base maps."
Renán López de Azúa, president of RLDA Surveying & Mapping, said, "We are pleased to assist the government of Puerto Rico with obtaining IKONOS imagery to update their base map information. Our collaborative efforts will ensure the creation of a uniform reference system for small-scale mapping to benefit all agencies, municipalities and businesses in our country."
"Urban planners, land-use managers and others rely heavily on accurate, digital Earth imagery from IKONOS that can be easily integrated into a database for baseline resource delineation and for monitoring change," said Jeff Young, Space Imaging's vice president of Global Solutions, Sales and Marketing. "As a single-source provider of diverse, geospatial products we offer cost-sensitive, timely and content-rich solutions to help local and regional government agencies establish a stable, consistent image base."
Space Imaging is a leading supplier of visual information products and services derived from space imagery and aerial photography. The company launched the world's first one-meter resolution, commercial Earth imaging satellite, IKONOS, on Sept. 24, 1999. Other products are produced from the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites, U.S. Landsat, and Canada's RADARSAT. Space Imaging also delivers aerial-derived imagery products collected by its own Digital Airborne Imaging System (DAIS-1&trade). For detailed information about Space Imaging, visit its Web site at www.spaceimaging.com.
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