Airbus to leverage French government contract to build constellation of 24-26 50-cm Earth observation satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Airbus Defence and Space plans to leverage the French government’s investment of about 90 million euros ($100 million) in the CO3D digital terrain model satellite system to build, with partners, a constellation of two dozen 50-centimeter-resolution satellites in both sun-synchronous and inclined orbit.

The constellation would be financed by Airbus and by prospective customers purchasing individual CO3D satellites or contracting for membership in the Airbus club of time-share-type owners with access to the constellation at predefined data volumes or over specific geographic regions.

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