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Skybox Imaging Announces Strategic Partnership with Japan Space Imaging



  Skybox Imaging Announces Strategic Partnership with Japan Space Imaging

  Strategic alliance to provide timely high-resolution satellite imagery and
                   full motion video to the Japanese market

Business Wire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- May 14, 2013

Skybox Imaging (Skybox), an emerging provider of timely high-resolution
satellite imagery and full motion video, today announced it has entered into a
multi-year, strategic partnership with Japan Space Imaging (JSI), a subsidiary
of Mitsubishi Corporation, to provide high-resolution imagery and full motion
commercial video to the Japanese market. The agreement, subject to U.S.
regulatory approval, will enable JSI to directly task, downlink and receive
imagery from Skybox’s constellation of microsatellites on a reliable and
frequent basis.

Skybox will provide JSI a rapidly deployable ground station, called a SkyNode,
comprised of a 2.4 meter communications antenna and two racks of supporting
software and equipment. Skybox is pioneering the use of Apache Hadoop, an
open-source framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data
sets, for geospatial applications. Skybox has designed the SkyNode software
suite to enable customers to efficiently schedule imagery collections, task
satellites, downlink imagery and process image products on a user-friendly web
platform. Operations will begin following the launch of Skybox’s first two
microsatellites, SkySat-1 and SkySat-2, currently scheduled for late 2013.

By combining Skybox’s product offerings with JSI’s existing product offerings,
JSI will be able to continue expanding the uses of satellite imagery in
applications including land monitoring, environmental monitoring, and disaster
response.

“JSI’s partnership with Skybox is part of our strategic activity to contribute
to the growth of the space industry in Japan. Skybox’s high-frequency,
high-resolution imagery and the world’s first full motion commercial video
from space will provide our customers the unique ability to have an on-demand
view of their world,” said Yoichi Kamiyama, JSI’s CEO. “At JSI, we pride
ourselves in providing superior geospatial solutions, and are excited to
partner with Skybox to be the first in our region to have access to the
industry’s leading-edge remote sensing technology to better serve our
customers.”

“Skybox’s goal is to provide unprecedented insight into daily global activity
and partnering with JSI is going to help us do just that,” said Tom Ingersoll,
Skybox’s CEO. “JSI is an iconic provider of remote sensing services in Japan
and we look forward to working closely with our partner to develop imagery
products for the Japanese market of today and geospatial-based information
products for the market of tomorrow.”

About Skybox Imaging

Skybox Imaging (Skybox) provides global customers easy access to reliable and
frequent high-resolution images of the Earth by designing and building
microsatellites and cloud services. By operating the world’s first coordinated
microsatellite constellation, Skybox aims to empower commercial and government
customers to make more informed, data-driven decisions that will improve the
profitability of companies and the welfare of societies around the world.
Founded in Silicon Valley in 2009, Skybox is backed by leading venture firms
and comprised of internet and aerospace professionals. For more information,
visit www.skybox.com.

About Japan Space Imaging

Founded in 1998, the Japan Space Imaging Corporation (JSI) is a subsidiary of
Mitsubishi Corporation. The JSI is a leading Satellite Imaging organization in
the Far East and serves most of the national government organizations and
departments in Japan, as well as commercial customers.

Contact:

Griffin Communications Group
Melissa Wren, 281-335-0200
Mobile: 281-827-4269
Melissa@GriffinCG.com
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