Eros-B satellite, developed by the Israeli company ImageSat and allows you to take pictures with extremely high resolution will be used by the security services of Brazil for the protection of sporting events the Olympics and Paralympics, which will take place in August and September this year in Rio de Janeiro.
About it reports on Sunday, June 26, Brazilian news portal G1 with reference to the statement of the Minister of defence of Brazil Raul Youngman.
«The Israeli satellite will be launched into low orbit, where you will be able to identify a variety of objects – people, vehicles, items on the area of 450 sq km with a resolution of 50 cm», – leads edition of the words of the Minister.
Eros-B within the next six months will operate in an experimental mode, in the future it is intended to use for border security, said the Youngman.
The Minister assured the country’s citizens and its visitors that they have no reason to fear for their safety, for the protection of the Olympic games attracted the best in mine intelligence and a unique technological developments.
Note that ImageSat, is an atypical sample of Israeli business. A private company registered in the Netherlands Antilles, owned by Israeli defense concerns (including state) and private us investors. The company does not seek publicity and rarely come to the attention of the media.
The initiators of its creation was made by «Aircraft industry» (state defense concern TAA) and the company «El-Op», which later became part of the defense concern’s Maarahot». In the creation of a company participated by foreign investment funds and private companies, mostly American. Currently, a controlling stake owned by the Aviation industry».
The company aims to use the Israeli defense developments in the space sector on the civilian market. Israel was a pioneer in the creation of small satellites with a wide range at cost effective prices. These technologies can be used for peaceful purposes – to control natural disasters, infrastructure planning and so on.
ImageSat operates in the fast growing market for commercial satellite imagery of the earth’s surface. If in 2012 the annual turnover of this market amounted to 2.05 billion dollars in 2019, according to forecasts, it will grow to 5.02 billion. The total number of players on the market is small.
65% of the market controlled by the American company Digital Globe, GeoEye engulfed. The remainder of the market occupied by ImageSat, BlackBridge, Skybox Imaging, and several other companies.
ImageSat is not a public company and does not publish financial statements, however, the estimated annual turnover estimated at tens of millions of dollars.
Only the Rio Olympics will be served by four Israeli companies, one of which, LiveU, which ensure transfer high-quality video images of Brazil around the world on cell-based, said last week publication of The Times of Israel.