Euroconsult Honors Outstanding Achievement in Earth Observation with Annual Awards for Excellence

Industry pays tribute to winners at Symposium on Earth Observation as part of World Satellite Business Week

Paris, September 13, 2012 – Euroconsult, the leading global research and analyst firm specializing in the satellite sector, announced the recipients of its Annual Earth Observation Business Awards during its Symposium on Earth Observation Business (Sept 13/14). The annual international event features leading executives of EO satellite operators, data distributors, manufacturers, and government and private users. These awards are bestowed upon leaders and their companies for outstanding accomplishment in the sector. Euroconsult pays tribute to the winners each September in Paris during the World Satellite Business Week, the industry’s annual senior executive event, now in its 16th year. Our industry experts use rigorous quantitative1 and qualitative2 standards to select the winners. This year, winners from the Earth observation community were celebrated from the following three categories during the Symposium:

Earth Observation Operator of the Year – e-GEOS

Strategic Transaction of the Year – Blackbridge for its acquisition of RapidEye

Commercial Deal of the Year – DigitalGlobe for its contract signed with Apple

“The Euroconsult awards recognize companies and their management for their outstanding accomplishments in the sector” said Pacôme Revillon, CEO of Euroconsult. “The industry comes together at the Symposium on Earth Observation as part of the World Satellite Business Week to recognize these companies’ performance and innovations shaping the industry.” The distinguished winners shared their thoughts:

Earth Observation Operator of the Year

Marcello Maranesi, CEO, e-GEOS

“e-GEOS has been established by Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency to commercialize COSMO-SkyMed data and applications World-wide. Today e-GEOS, also thanks to the partnership with GAF (Germany), is clearly a leader in Europe for the GMES Services, especially in maritime surveillance, emergency response and land mapping as well as for data acquisition and processing of Sentinel data, thanks to a 10 year strategy of investments in application service development. This market positioning comes from the capabilities and dedication of e-GEOS and GAF people. Today’s Euroconsult award is for them.”

Strategic Transaction of the Year for the acquisition of RapidEye Ryan Johnson, President & CEO, Blackbridge

“BlackBridge is building a comprehensive suite of infrastructure, products and services that address the entire geo-information value chain from data acquisition and processing through analysis and interpretation to delivery in support of decision making processes. The Company operates four business units: Aerospace, Networks, Geomatics and RapidEye. www.BlackBridge.com”

Commercial Deal of the Year for a contract signed with Apple Andrea Bersan, VP Commercial Sales EMEAR and LATAM, DigitalGlobe

“DigitalGlobe is proud of its role as a leading innovator in the geospatial industry. As such, we will continue to invest in programs and technology that best address customer needs and support the continued growth of this increasingly dynamic space. We are excited to be recognised by the industry through this award which is a testament to both our strong capability and continued success.”

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World Satellite Business Week & Symposium on Earth Observation Business: The World Satellite Business Week is the unique executive meeting place for the global satellite business. It includes Euroconsult's flagship World Summit for Satellite Financing and Symposium on Earth Observation Business. Throughout the week, the summit brings together over 120 top-level speakers and 650 senior executives from the satellite and Earth observation industry and the financial community. Top business leaders participate in this must-attend summit to discuss strategy, make deals and strike partnerships. www.satellite-business.com

About Euroconsult:

Euroconsult is the leading international consulting and analyst firm specializing in satellite applications, communications, and Earth observation. Euroconsult provides strategic consulting and analysis, develops comprehensive research reports and forecasts, and organizes executive-level events including the World Summit for Satellite Financing and the Symposium for Earth Observation Business (www.satellite-business.com). With 25 years of experience Euroconsult has over 560 clients in 50 countries, including leaders throughout the satellite industry; satellite operators and service providers; government agencies; satellite manufacturers and launch service providers; equipment providers and integrators; media and broadcasting companies; and banks and investors. The company has completed 500 satellite-related consulting projects. Euroconsult is based in Paris with offices in Montreal and Washington, DC. www.euroconsult-ec.com.

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