On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, HEAD Aerospace signed an agreement with Safran Data Systems to provide HEAD Aerospace with a Ground Receiving Station, expected to be delivered by the end of 2022. The agreement signing happened during the prestigious inauguration of the 3900m² extensions of Safran Systems antenna and ground station engineering and production center for satellites and flight tests in La Teste de Buch, France. This extension doubles the site surface area, now spanning 6,850m², to respond to the strong growth driven by the increasing number of space programs to implement.
The Safran Data Systems plant focuses on constructing antennas and ground stations for applications, including data reception from satellites, space probes, and flight test telemetry. These products are used for major space programs and test centers in France and around the world.
In celebration, and to commemorate the inauguration of the expansion of the Safran plant, HEAD Aerospace tasked Superview, 50cm Satellite Imagery over the site for collection during the inauguration. The below images illustrate the impressive expansion of the facilities.
The Superview satellite constellation of 5 on-orbit satellites provides 50cm native resolution satellite imagery. The image above was captured during the ceremony on October 12, 2021, at 12:51 pm. By comparing the imagery of the Google map taken in 2018, Safran Data Systems' impressive expansion is clear to see.
HEAD Aerospace France Managing Director, Kammy Brun was honored to be among several distinguished guests including, Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Marie-Hélène Des Esgaulx, President of the local urban community organization COBAS and prestigious domestic customers, including French space agency CNES, defense procurement agency DGA, Space Command and prime contractors Airbus Defence & Space, Thales Alenia Space and ArianeGroup who were invited to attend the inauguration ceremony.
With this upcoming Ground Receiving (GRS) station in Sweden, HEAD Aerospace will further expand the tasking & receiving capacity of the 45 Earth Observation (EO) Satellites currently in our portfolio (with a further 40+ Satellites expected to get launched in 2022), as well our own Satellite enabled SkyWalker IoT Constellation. HEAD operates and owns the SkyWalker Space-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) constellation with five on-orbit satellites as part of the 48 satellites constellation planned to be fully commissioned in 2023. Two additional SkyWalker Satellites were launched successfully just this week.
As a one-stop service and solution provider, HEAD Aerospace offers integrated access from multiple Earth observation satellite constellations, delivering complex turnkey geospatial solutions. HEAD Aerospace continuously works to improve its systems and increase capacity to meet all client needs for now and the future, as the constellations grow.
HEAD centralized geodata hub of satellite imagery collected from more than 45 on-orbit satellites deliver unique products and solutions including:
31 Very High-Resolution Multispectral Satellites – 40cm – 1m Resolution
Early morning tasking - be the first one to observe the world
Monitoring solutions – Imaging of 1 location up to 4 times per day
Night-time imaging and video
One single Satellite image capturing an entire country
HEAD Aerospace Group extends its congratulations and best wishes for their continued growth and success to SAFRAN Data Systems.
HEAD Aerospace is a one-stop-shop service provider with integrated access from multiple Earth observation satellite constellations to complex turnkey geospatial solutions. A global network of 100 partners accesses HEAD’s centralized geodata hub of satellite imagery collected from more than 45 on-orbit satellites. Distinguished satellite attributes allow the end-user to develop diversified applications. Early morning tasking to be the first one to observe the world. Night-time imaging to see what happens at night. One single image capturing an entire country. Direct receiving station for near real-time monitoring. In addition to the Earth observation and geospatial business unit, HEAD operates its own Space-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) constellation with five on-orbit satellites as part of the 48 satellites constellation plan in 2023.
HEAD contact: Linda Boshoff
ABOUT SAFRAN DATA SYSTEMS
SAFRAN Data Systems is a highly respected supplier of Ground Receiving Stations, recognized for their experience and technical expertise in the design, development, manufacturing, and support of LEO Remote Sensing Satellites tracking ground stations and continuous R&D. Created in 1981, this plant focuses on constructing antennas and ground stations for applications, including data reception from satellites, space probes, and flight test telemetry. These products are used for major space programs and test centers in France and around the world. For HEAD Aerospace, it was a natural choice to work with SAFRAN to supply this strategic Ground Receiving (GRS).