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September 17, 2013
Euroconsult Honors Outstanding Achievement in Earth Observation with Annual Awards for Excellence

Paris, Sept. 16, 2013Euroconsult, the leading global research and analyst firm specializing in the Space and Earth observation sector, announced the recipients of its Annual Earth Observation Business Awards during its Summit on Earth Observation Business held in Paris on Sept 12/13. The annual international event features leaders from 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 17th year. This year, our industry experts used rigorous qualitative[1] and quantitative[2] methods to recognize winners in four categories during the Summit on Earth Observation Business:

Strategic Transaction of the Year

DigitalGlobe for its combination with GeoEye

Newcomer Earth Observation Operator of the Year

Deimos Group

Commercial Deal of the Year

UAE SRC for the Falcon Eye deal signed with Astrium and Thales Alenia Space

Strategic Partnership of the Year

Satrec Initiative for its agreement signed with KARI for KOMPSAT imagery sales

“The winning organizations and their leaders have significantly shaped the Earth observation market over the past year, achieving outstanding performance and demonstrating excellence in their strategic vision and innovation.” said Pacôme Revillon, CEO of Euroconsult.

The distinguished winners shared their thoughts:

Strategic Transaction of the Year

Jeffrey R. Tarr, CEO, DigitalGlobe

“By combining DigitalGlobe and GeoEye to become one DigitalGlobe, we have created a company capable of providing greater value to customers through an integrated constellation and a broader set of solutions. We appreciate Euroconsult recognizing the significance of our combination. DigitalGlobe is now positioned to provide a wider array of geospatial information and insight to help customers solve complex problems and compete in a high-growth and dynamic global market.”

Newcomer Earth Observation Operator of the Year

Miguel Bello Mora, Managing Director, Deimos Group

We would like to thank Euroconsult and the jury for this prestigious Award, dedicated to DEIMOS Imaging team, partners and customers, which are the key players in the success of our organization. This important Award increases our motivation for our next challenge, the launch in the coming months of our new satellite DEIMOS 2 and the entry in the Very High Resolution market segment.

Strategic Partnership of the Year

Sungdong Park, Founder and Chairman, Satrec Initiative

“We, Satrec Initiative and Korea Aerospace Research Institute, appreciate very much winning the Award for the Strategic Partnership of the Year. We hope that more strategic partnership will happen, as we did, between government and domestic companies for data commercialization from EO missions of developing and emerging countries to benefit the users with alternative EO resources and change the ecosystem of the market.”

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