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Airbus sells in-orbit SPOT 7 imaging satellite to Azerbaijan
04 December 2014
Airbus Defence and Space has agreed to sell its SPOT 7 medium-resolution optical Earth observation satellite, which just finished in-orbit checkout, to Azerbaijan's Azercosmos space agency as part of a long-term partnership in commercial remote sensing, Airbus and Azercosmos announced 2 December.
As part of the unusual agreement, whose financial terms were not disclosed, Azercosmos has taken title to SPOT 7, renamed it Azersky and has been given preferred-access rights to the orbiting SPOT 6 to market the satellites' imagery in Azerbaijan and surrounding regions in South Asia.
Airbus will build a satellite control center in Azerbaijan and will train a team of more than 25 Azeri engineers in France during the next 18 months.
Airbus retains preferred marketing rights to SPOT 7 beyond Azerbaijan and the Azercosmos marketing area.
Source: Space News
Image credit: Airbus Defence and Space - Artist's concept of SPOT 7