Satellite imaging is undergoing a dramatic growth in the last few years. Previously, remote sensing satellites were primarily for scientific or military use. Increasingly, the images obtained by remote sensing satellites are being used by commercial end users. As part of this trend, more remote sensing commercial satellite companies are emerging. Some remote sensing satellites are being developed for commercial purposes, while large distributors are either launching their own remote sensing satellites or marketing satellite imagery for a plethora of end users. This increased interest is due to the large number of forecasted applications offered by civil remote sensing, which may be of interest to sector such as telecommunications, building and public works, agriculture and fishing, environmental and civil protection and risk assessment, management and extraction of natural sources, geology and many others. As a result of a cooperative ESPRIT project co-funded by the European Commission, our company is developing a package based on a hardware implementation of the JBIG algorithm. This algorithm has been chosen for its intriguing characteristics due to its standard and flexible nature. The algorithm allows very good compression ratio when compared to other current codes and fastness is ensured by the hardware implementation.