CEFOP-UdeC, together with the Biobio Region, cements a Center for Satellite Reception


The Intendant of the Biobío region today signed an agreement, between our region and the company Airbus Defence and Space, for the creation of the Center for Satellite Reception for the Biobio region (CRS-Bío-Bío)

The initiative between the Center for Optics and Photonics of the University of Concepción (CEFOP – UdeC) and the Regional Government has been sealed by the Intendant of the Biobío Region, Rodrigo Díaz, and by the commercial Director for Latin America of Airbus Defence and Space, Christophe Roux.

By virtue of this agreement, with three years duration, Airbus Defence and Space will install a multi-sensor terminal with capacity of SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellite telemetry processing in the Biobio Region. The CRS-Bío-Bío may thus acquire and produce from the national territory of Chile images of both satellites, owned by Airbus DS, and disseminate them to any public Chilean entity, in addition to displaying them in full resolution on the web site of CRS-Bío-Bío.


Intendant Rodrigo Díaz thanked the perseverance of CEFOP-UdeC to realize this project, as well as the support it has given the company Airbus DS. The regional authority said the CRS Bíobío will be an important presence in the region and certainly is a tool that will serve to address situations of a territorial nature.


“We are very pleased to be able to take this new step in the already long collaboration with Airbus DS and Chile. SPOT 6 and 7 SPOT satellites have the best performance in terms of quality and agility, enabling highly efficient images with a resolution of 1.5 meters,” said the Intendant of the Biobio Region.


For his part, the Director of Technological Development at CEFOP-UdeC, Dr. Rolando Hernández, stressed that this center marks a very important milestone “to contribute to the region with the formation of CRS-Bío-Bío. CEFOP-UdeC has a long relationship of academic work with the company Airbus DS, and in this sense it was an aspiration to have not only the satellite data, but also the capability of processing the data for information in decision-making processes. We are very proud to serve the region so that this goal of having access to this data can be fulfilled.”

Thanks to the creation of the CRS-Biobio, Chile will soon have quick access to high quality satellite images which will allow viewing with precision the effects of a devastating forest fire or severe flooding.

To ensure the success of this program, the Center will have researchers who specialize in various thematic areas of image processing support, and they will come from the universities of Concepcion, Biobio, Católica de la Santísima Concepción and Andrés Bello.


Resolution 1,8 meters

Each image is 60 x 60 kilometers

Dato: 10 images cover the region

Downloads: agreement includes 2,400 images in three years, 800 annually


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