China HEAD Aerospace Technology Co. and its subsidiary HEAD Technology France (“HEAD”), have been awarded a multi-million Euro contract by the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) to procure a commercial Earth observation (EO) satellite ground receiving station. The international open tender was won through a consortium led by HEAD and its partner China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Applications (CRESDA).
Nine bidders participated in the tender including Airbus Defense & Space, Avorniga Technologies, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), e-Geos, HEAD-CRESDA Consortium, Hiwing Mechanical and Electrical, KT Consortium, Poly Technologies and Satrec Initiative Imaging Services (SIIS).
The multi-million contract awarded to the consortium will include the procurement of a ground receiving station, data processing software, satellite imagery and related training services.
Speaking about the project, Carlos Fernandez de la Peña, COO of HEAD, commented: “ESSTI will operate the ground station to direct receive the Chinese satellite data including the Superview constellation with four on-orbit optical satellites at 50cm resolution, the Gao Fen (GF) series and CBERS satellites. We are providing the best European and Chinese technologies in our offer.”
Kammy Brun-Chan, Head of Global Business Development, added: “We are pleased to provide ESSTI the first commercial EO ground station to receive Superview and Gao Fen data in the Sub-Saharan Africa area. The contract is one of the largest ever awarded to the company in the commercial EO market demonstrating that HEAD has a unique positioning acting as the bridge between China and Europe to the Africa region.”
The ground station, planned to be installed in the Entoto Observatory and Research Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will allow the country to receive the satellite data and develop applications including agriculture, forestry, land use management, urban mapping, natural resource monitoring, disaster monitoring and mining.