GEOSAT Announces New Constellation, Reinforcing Its Global Position As A European Operator Of Very High-Resolution Satellites

GEOSAT Announces New Constellation, Reinforcing Its Global Position As A European Operator Of Very High-Resolution Satellites

The Portuguese Earth Observation company, and one of the two European operators of very high-resolution satellites, is starting a new phase of growth for the organization, with the aim of putting the country at the forefront of the space sector.

GEOSAT announces the launch of its future constellation of Earth Observation satellites, thus reinforcing its exclusive position in Europe as one of only two European companies with very high-resolution satellites.

By 2025, GEOSAT intends to launch 11 new High and Very High-Resolution satellites.

This new phase of auspicious growth for the company is accompanied by a new global brand communication strategy (information attached), which materializes in a new visual and graphic identity in line with the accelerated development that the space sector itself is currently experiencing, and where GEOSAT wants to play a leading role worldwide.


According to the company’s CEO, Francisco Vilhena da Cunha, “GEOSAT’s plans are to expand the current Constellation and strengthen our position as a leading European company in the Earth Observation sector. To this end, we are leading the two boldest portuguese space projects ever: the development, launch and operation of the first portuguese satellite constellation, focused on very highresolution satellites, and the implementation of the Portuguese component of the Atlantic Constellation. These projects, supported by the portuguese component of the program Next Generation EU, will be responsible for changing the face of the space industry in Portugal. They are critical projects for creating solid foundations for the future of the space sector in Portugal, both in terms of boosting national innovation and in the evolution of the sector’s specialization and qualification.”

With GEOSAT’s activity, “Portugal is now a global player in space,” adds Francisco Vilhena da Cunha. “We have brought the country into the ‘first league’ of space and today Portugal is part of the restricted group of European countries that own and operate commercial satellites, which are relevant both in the geostrategic context and in the development of economic activities in the most varied areas, from agriculture to the financial sector, and also in the management of emergency situations caused, for example, by drought, fires, humanitarian crises or climate change.”

The new satellites will make it possible to improve the resolution and revisit the current GEOSAT Constellation – which already has two satellites. There will be 8 high-resolution satellites for revisiting every 6 hours, and 3 very high-resolution satellites (50cm), for a total investment of 100 million euros.


GEOSAT is a privately owned European company, based in Lisbon, specialized in the operation and commercial exploitation of Earth Observation systems, and in the development, generation and delivery of remote sensing products and services. The company owns and operates the GEOSAT 1 and GEOSAT 2 satellites and manages all uplink and downlink activities, as well as satellite control and image processing, archiving and delivery activities.

GEOSAT is one of the main actors in the remote sensing sector in Europe, with long-standing experience both in satellite operations and in the provision of EO products and services to public and private sectors.

Its know-how includes the acquisition, processing and delivery of very large (continent-wide) datasets for a continuous period of time (spanning many years), always meeting very stringent quality and timeliness requirements; a 24/7/365 Customer Desk service, which together with its own satellites and a global network of Ground Stations, allows for rapid image tasking, download and delivery, key in emergency services critical applications; and the management and coordination of large multisatellite campaigns involving third party satellites, demonstrated since 2010 among others for the ESA/EU Copernicus Program and for USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).

The provision of value-added services, such as change detection, automatic vessel detection based on AI/ML for maritime surveillance, indexes generation for agriculture, base map generation, etc.

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