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GeoNorth Announces New Remote Sensing Division


Anchorage, Alaska GeoNorth, LLC, one of the nation's premier custom application Information Technology solutions providers, announces the launch of a significant new business line, further enhancing the firm’s geospatial solutions capabilities.  In partnership with Astrium Services, North America GEO-Information Division (a division of EADS), a world leader in space services, and the Alaska Satellite Facility (at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks), a leading satellite telemetry center and space research facility, GeoNorth is now positioned as a global force in providing remote sensing services for U.S. customers including the federal government.

     GeoNorth’s investment in a Direct Receiving Station (DRS) for optical and radar satellite imagery will provide the company the unique capability of priority tasking Astrium satellites to capture imagery anywhere on the globe and downlink the data to its processing terminal located at the Alaska Satellite Facility in Fairbanks.   The company will also supply optical and SAR image processing services and will provide clients access to purchase archived images. As an Astrium ground station, GeoNorth has direct tasking and downlink capabilities for all Astrium satellite constellations including SPOT (5 and 6), Pleiades (1A and 1B,) and TerraSAR (TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X) offering optical or SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) imagery products in low, medium, high, and very high resolutions ranging from 2.5m to 50cm.

     Pléiades 1A and 1B are Europe’s first very high-resolution Earth-observation satellites, offering exceptional performance to support both commercial and government markets with 50cm resolution imagery products. The SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 constellation, operated in conjunction with Pléiades, offers 1.5m resolution imagery products and is uniquely capable of mapping continent-wide areas.  This four-satellite constellation makes Astrium Services the first satellite operator in the world to offer a complete range of Earth-observation data at different resolutions (from medium to very high-resolution), an image collection capacity of up to 6.5 million square kilometers each day and the ability to image every point of the globe on a daily basis.

     “This places GeoNorth in a unique competitive position. The demands placed on today’s imagery-capable firms are exploding at a rapid pace resulting in a growth industry viable for the next decade and beyond”, according to Bob Johnson, GeoNorth’s Sales and Marketing Director.   Primary applications GeoNorth will initially focus on are imagery and applications related to oil and gas concerns, arctic research, maritime domain and awareness monitoring, change detection, emergency response, state and federal homeland security issues, military applications, environmental, forestry, transportation projects, and capabilities related to land use and management.  This is the first step in the company’s overall strategy in the remote sensing market space.  Future plans include the development of an educational curriculum in concert with the University of Alaska System, a jobs creation and scholarship program, and the future development of state-of-the-art remote sensing data center.

     “GeoNorth is thrilled to be able to make such a significant announcement at this time in our company’s history”, says Brian Minster, GeoNorth’s co-founder and General Manager.  “The addition of optical and radar remote sensing capture and processing capabilities complements and expands our existing geospatial technologies expertise.  This will allow us to continue to service our clients at the highest level and provide true value added services unmatched in today’s industry.”

    GeoNorth, LLC, (a wholly owned subsidiary of The Tatitlek Corporation), is located at 561 E 36th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska.  The firm specializes in such Information Technology solutions such as GIS, Optical and Radar Satellite Imagery Capture and Processing, Geospatial Solutions, Database Management, Web Design and Development, Mobile Applications, and Graphic Design Services.  Since 1994 the firm has serviced federal, state, and local government agencies, utilities, oil and gas firms, natural resources companies, and private and Native Corporations throughout the United States and abroad.   In addition to their headquarters in Anchorage, the company operates offices in Fairbanks (Alaska), Portland (Oregon), Orlando (Florida), and Arlington (Virginia).

     For more information, please visit us at www.geonorth.com, or search for 'GeoNorth' on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/geonorth.  Bob Johnson, Director of Sales and Marketing, may be reached directly by calling (907) 646-4535.    

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