Monitoring deforestation in Brazil goes to the Italian COSMO-SkyMed satellites
e-GEOS (80% Finmeccanica-Telespazio, 20% ASI) has been awarded - through the Brazilian company Geoambiente - a tender held by CENSIPAM (Centro Gestor e Operacional do Sistema de Proteçao da Amazonia) to monitor deforestation in the Amazon.
In particular, the contract provides for the monthly acquisition of satellite data from the Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation, relating to an area of one million square kilometers of the Amazon territory.
Radar sensors on the satellites will enable constant monitoring, day and night and in all weather conditions, making it the ideal solution for the Amazon territory, characterized most of the year by frequent rains and constant cloud cover.
The data from COSMO-SkyMed have already been used successfully in Brazil - where Telespazio has been operating since 1997 through the subsidiary Telespazio Brasil - for environmental monitoring and safety (oil spills from platforms at sea, landslide control), in support to agriculture and for defence applications.
The president of e-GEOS, Roberto Ibba, expressed the Italian Space Agency's satisfaction with the selection of the COSMO-SkyMed system by CENSIPAM for this important radar satellite project monitoring the Amazon. Finmeccanica also expressed satisfaction, since the new contract .is further confirmation of the value of its technology in the space sector.