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Gulf News, Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Space centre to provide satellite images to Abu Dhabi Airports

Dubai: Images of DubaiSat 1 and 2 will be used by Abu Dhabi Airports for a variety of purposes including surveillance and urban planning.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Abu Dhabi Airports.

The MoU will facilitate cooperation, information and data exchange between the two organisations, in the fields of satellite imagery applications, knowledge and experience transfer, and human resources development.

The MoU was signed by Eng Salem Humaid Al Merri, Assistant Director-General for Scientific and Technical Affairs at MBRSC on behalf of the Centre’s director-general, and Eng Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, on behalf of the company’s Chief Executive.

According to the MoU, MBRSC will provide Abu Dhabi Airports with space imagery services which will include providing patched Multi-Spectral and Panchromatic space images on a regular basis or upon request.

The corrected, high quality images will be taken by MBRSC’s DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2 satellites, based on the coordinates system adopted by Abu Dhabi Airports.

On the other hand, Abu Dhabi Airports has agreed to provide MBRSC with all required spatial and geographical data necessary to perform image corrections and patches.

Under the MoU, the parties will collaborate to conduct technical studies to determine Abu Dhabi Airports’ current and future requirements, in terms of imagery and space applications.

This includes remote sensing applications and geographic design and analysis and will take into account Abu Dhabi Airports’ needs when determining processes of designing, particularly in surveillance of urban planning, distribution and classification of vegetation, water resources, environmental applications, shares control, pollution, and other applications.

Moreover, the two parties shall commit to joint coordination in obtaining data, information and technologies that aim at availing of the required services and completing the geographic information system database.

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