Microsoft and Esri Deliver Centralized Satellite Image Analysis in Azure Orbital

Microsoft and Esri Deliver Centralized Satellite Image Analysis in Azure Orbital

Press Release From: Esri
Posted: Thursday December 9 2021

Satellites now provide huge data sets that require complex processing, data routing and storage. To meet the growing demand for this data, Microsoft has partnered with Esri, the world leader in location intelligence, to rapidly analyze imagery data captured by satellite providers in space orbit. Esri’s ArcGIS Image technology will provide processing and analysis of images hosted in Azure Orbital, Microsoft’s satellite ground station as a service.

Organizations in virtually every industry now depend on location intelligence derived from satellite imagery to improve operations, define policies and make informed business decisions. For example, the devastating wildfire season of 2021 broke records around the world, and satellites were instrumental in providing vital information to wildfire responders. By reducing the time between collection and delivery, disaster responders can now have faster access to analysis that shows where large, rapidly burning fires move and thrive.

“The need to accelerate the dissemination of information from satellite imagery has increased as we continue to see a growing urgency to respond to environmental, logistical and natural resource challenges,” said Richard Cooke, Co-Director of Global Business Development, Esri. “ArcGIS Image, combined with Azure Orbital, will dramatically reduce the latency between collecting data and delivering critical information. “

With Azure Orbital, data from satellite vendors is ingested directly into Microsoft’s Azure cloud. This enables seamless application and use of Azure services such as compute, store, and fast AI data processing.

“No one is better positioned to host and analyze the next generation of terrestrial imaging products than Microsoft and Esri,” said Yves Pitsch, partner director of connectivity products, Azure Space, Microsoft. “ArcGIS Image and Azure Orbital, working with satellite data and ground station partners, will deliver accessible and targeted imagery products designed for immediate use to address our customers’ critical use cases. “

Esri has worked with Microsoft for over 20 years and is its primary geospatial technology partner. The ArcGIS product suite is deeply integrated with many Microsoft applications and services deployed on the Azure cloud platform.

To see how Esri can help businesses more easily access, process, and manage images in the cloud, visit

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS), geolocation and mapping software, helps customers harness the full potential of data to improve operational and business outcomes. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, United States, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide and in more than 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors and partners providing local support in more than 100 countries on six continents. Building on its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri designs the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced analytics. Visit us at

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