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Concept for the agricultural information products distribution within Europe and business case for a remote sensing information service

The recommended distribution scheme is to use existing structures which are either co-operatives in France and Germany or agronomists and retailers in the UK as a relay where the final information product should be generated and that should deliver a final and complete consultancy service to farmers.
An overall technical and organizational structure of the ground segment has been established which includes a central processing facility for remote sensing raw data pre-processing, national facilities for biophysical products generation, and local decision support tools for final agronomic products generation.
A business plan (sales and system costs) has been established. It demonstrates that a purely commercial initiative does not meet the conditions of a private investment. Institutional funding typically corresponding to the development of the first generation of satellites would provide the conditions for private investments in the system. The sustainability of the systems should then be ensured, considering the expected sales and costs for the realization of second generation satellites.

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National Remote Sensing Centre Ltd
GU140NL Farnborough
United Kingdom
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