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AIS payload comes online on radar imaging satellite

Satellite AIS data company exactEarth reports that its AIS payload onboard the Spanish radar satellite PAZ has completed its commissioning phase and is now fully operational, expanding the company’s capabilities to collect global vessel data from space.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The PAZ satellite is owned and operated by Hisdesat Servicios Estrategicos and hosts an AIS payload owned by exactEarth, which is the first commercial AIS payload in operation onboard a radar satellite.

Launched in February 2018, PAZ combines AIS vessel signals and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery for maritime monitoring. Supported by exactView RT, exactEarth’s existing satellite AIS service, the fusion of these two data sets can assist in identifying so-called ‘dark targets’, which are vessels that should be transmitting AIS signals but are not.

“Our thanks and congratulations go out to Hisdesat on the successful launch and commissioning of the PAZ satellite,” said Peter Mabson, CEO of exactEarth.

“We now have 54 high performance satellite payloads in orbit capturing AIS data on more than 250,000 vessels daily and today’s announcement helps to further solidify our leadership position in the industry and our differentiated technological capabilities.”

“With the world’s first AIS payload onboard a radar satellite, exactEarth is uniquely positioned to help its customers leverage the combination of AIS data and radar imagery to develop advanced maritime surveillance applications that enhance the security and safety of their interests.”{/mprestriction}

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