19 September 2001
Monday, 13 August 2001:
ImageSat Initiates Production of New Craft
By Barbara Opall-Rome Space News Correspondent
TEL AVIV, Israel � ImageSat International, which markets imagery captured by the Israeli-built Eros A1 satellite, has initiated production of a follow-on craft designed to detect ground objects as small as one-half meter in size. The satellite, Eros B1, is slated for launch in 2003 Industry officials here say Cyprus-based ImageSat awarded an estimated $110 million contract for the Eros B1 satellite to Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. in late July, following the successful completion of a credit agreement with a local bank. In a July 26 statement, ImageSat announced that Bank Leumi agreed to provide a credit line of up to $70 million, with funds going for continued development of the Eros program.
Thursday, 12 July 2001:
NIMA to Purchase Imagery From Israeli-led Company
The U.S. National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) will award a sole-source contract to Core Software Technology Inc. to buy commercial satellite imagery from ImageSat International, according to a July 5 Commerce Business Daily notice. Core Software is the primary U.S. partner in ImageSat, the Israeli-led concern that operates the Eros A1 imaging spacecraft, which was launched late last year. The procurement will provide NIMA an additional source for imagery with resolution of better than 2 meters, the notice said. The imagery will be used to support disaster relief, mission crisis and special operations, the notice said.