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Miami CSTARS Facility to Begin SPOT Satellite Reception 09.30.03

September 30, 2003
CSTARS provides environmental monitoring of the Equatorial Atlantic region for several academic and government organizations.

The University of Miami CSTARS Facility signed a receiving station contract with RESOURCE 21 and SPOT Image for data reception from the SPOT 2 and 4 satellites. CSTARS (Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing) provides environmental monitoring of the Equatorial Atlantic region for several academic and government organizations. The specific coverage area for the station includes northern South America, Central America, the Caribbean Basin, Gulf of Mexico and the Southeastern US.

RESOURCE 21, SPOT's exclusive Channel Partner for university and civilian government markets, helped negotiate the CSTARS contract, and will continue to work closely with the facility to expand the products and service they provide to their users.

The SPOT Image Group, headquartered in Toulouse, France, and its five subsidiaries in the United States, Australia, Singapore, China and Japan draw on a global network of ground receiving stations, channel partners and distributors to bring satellite imaging and geographic information solutions to private- and public-sector decision-makers the world over. SPOT Image launched its first satellite in 1986 and is the oldest commercial satellite imaging company in the world today. SPOT Image is the commercial operator of the SPOT system. The three SPOT satellites currently in orbit can acquire imagery of almost any point on the globe every day. RESOURCE 21 was formed in 1995 as a Mississippi limited liability company. It has grown into a leading provider of remote sensing-based information to the agriculture industry. It is currently expanding in the arena of geospatial information for civilian and government markets with its broad-area change detection technology and general Earth science applications. Operational since October 2002, CSTARS opened formally in February 2003. It is located at the University of Miami's recently acquired Richmond campus in southern Miami-Dade County. Part of the receiving station's mission is to serve the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense Southern Command. CSTARS houses two 11-meter antennas and advanced computer hardware and software systems that track and process high-resolution satellite data in near real time. Scientists can use CSTARS to see into the core of storms and hurricanes, monitor volcanoes before they erupt, and even observe the energy transfer between ocean waves and the sky.

Source: SPOT Image