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EOSAT LOWERS GROUND STATION ACCESS FEE

 EOSAT LOWERS GROUND STATION ACCESS FEE
 LANHAM, Md., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Earth Observation


Satellite Co. (EOSAT) today announced plans to offer an option which significantly lowers ground station licensing fees for Landsat 6 data. The announcement was made at a meeting of the Landsat Ground Station Operations Working Group in Tokyo.
 The fee structure for access to Landsat 6 data originally discussed with, and already approved by a large majority of international ground stations, was $800,000 per year. The original agreement also included royalty payments to EOSAT on all sales by the ground stations but provided them with no access to Landsat 5 data.
 EOSAT's new optional arrangement will lower the annual fee to $500,000 ($100,000 less than stations now pay for the old Landsat data under government contract) and waive all royalty payments. In addition, the ground stations will have access to Landsat 5 data, a feature not included under the original Landsat 6 arrangements. In exchange for the lower fee and the other concessions, EOSAT will be granted expanded rights to the data collected by the ground stations.
 According to Dr. Arturo Silvestrini, EOSAT president and CEO: "This is a strategic decision by EOSAT to strengthen the network of Landsat ground receiving stations. Also, the stations have expressed their interest in accessing the data less expensively, and in relaxing the royalty fees to make the data easier to distribute."
 Silvestrini concluded: "With this new MOU both issues are addressed. In addition, EOSAT and the U.S. community will improve their access to a global data archive." The agreement will be in effect following the launch and commissioning of Landsat 6 in January 1993. EOSAT expects an initial network of 15 ground stations to receive Landsat 6 data starting next year, with plans to extend to at least 18 stations shortly thereafter.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Mroczynski, director of external affairs, EOSAT, 301-552-0545 or, fax, 301-552-3028/ CO: Earth Observation Satellite Co. ST: Maryland IN: ARO SU:


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