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Airbus Sells In-orbit Spot 7 Imaging Satellite to Azerbaijan

According to the Airbus and Azercosmos joint statement, Airbus Defense and Space has agreed to sell its Spot 7 medium-resolution optical Earth observation satellite to Azerbaijan's Azercosmos space agency as part of a long-term partnership in commercial remote sensing.

Azercosmos renamed the title "Spot 7" to Azersky.

Airbus will build a satellite control center in Azerbaijan and will train a team of more than 25 Azeri engineers in France during the next 18 months.

The agreement was signed in the Azerbaijani capital Baku in the presence of the country's president, Ilham Aliyev, who was there for the acquisition of the first commercial image from Spot 7, which was launched in July and has been undergoing in-orbit tests since then. A Franco-Azeri summit earlier this year set the stage for the Earth observation partnership.

"This agreement marks Azercosmos' entry into the commercial Earth observation services business," the agency said in a December 2 statement. "This will strengthen Azerbaijan's position among the limited number of countries rendering satellite services."

Source: Space News

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