Space Imaging Middle East assigned operations for a Skybox Imaging SkyNode in Abu Dhabi

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DUBAI, UAE- Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) announced that it has been assigned by Emirates Space Imaging (ESI) to oversee the operation of its Abu Dhabi-based SkyNode, its new compact ground receiving station. This partnership will introduce, for the first time in the region, a new generation of high-resolution imagery products directly from the Skybox Imaging satellite constellation.

Under the new agreement, SIME will oversee the collection, downlink, processing and distribution of sub-meter resolution satellite imagery and high-resolution, full motion video to the West Asia and East Africa region. Moreover, SIME’s partner company, European Space Imaging, will host ESI’s second SkyNode in Munich, and manage the distribution of products to Europe, North Africa and the CIS countries.

“We are extremely excited to introduce a new generation of imaging and remote sensing technology to the region,” said Managing Director of Space Imaging Middle East, Mohammad El Kadi. “Skybox’s frequent access to full-motion video and imagery will encourage greater and more diverse imagery applications within the regional market, and we are eager to be a driving force behind the continued growth of the industry as we strive to offer our clients access to the latest technology available.”

“We are pleased to bring Skybox’s capabilities to these regions through these collaborations,” said Skybox Senior Director, International Sales, Brian Leslie. “We are certain that our constellation approach, combined with our web-scale data platform, will address the growing demand in the region for more timely, high-resolution, high-quality imagery and video products.”

SkySat-1, Skybox’s first satellite of the planned 24-satellite constellation, was successfully launched on November 21, 2013, and is currently undergoing calibration. SkySat-1 captures sub-meter resolution color imagery, as well as high-resolution, full motion video. SkySat-2 and SkySat-3 are planned for launch in mid 2014 and early 2015, with the first block launch of 6 additional satellites planned for late 2015.

About Space Imaging Middle East
Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) is the leading geospatial and GIS solutions provider in the MENA region. The company offers a full spectrum of products and services ranging from imagery collection and processing, to highly customized and sophisticated GIS database and software solutions. For more information, visit

About Emirates Space Imaging (ESI)
Emirates Space Imaging offers geospatial solutions and innovative products and services from Skybox Imaging in both the Middle East and Europe. It also has a diverse network of technological and commercial partners. For more information, visit

About Skybox Imaging
Skybox Imaging (Skybox) empowers global businesses to make better decisions with timely, high fidelity imagery and infinite analytics. By combining the power of web technologies and a constellation of high-resolution imaging satellites, Skybox is generating a unique data source describing daily global activity with timely, accessible, sub-meter color imagery and high definition video of the Earth. Founded in 2009, Skybox Imaging is backed by leading venture firms and comprised of internet and aerospace professionals. For more information, visit