DigitalGlobe Secures Contract With the United States Air Force
LONGMONT, CO, Dec 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), a leading global provider of
high-resolution earth imagery solutions, today announced it will
provide upgrades to multiple U.S. Air Force Eagle Vision mobile
ground stations. This new capability will enable the delivery of the
highest-quality imagery directly to warfighters and first responders
in the fastest way possible.
Upon completion, the ground stations will be capable of tasking
DigitalGlobe's WorldView constellation of earth imaging satellites
and rapidly downloading imagery from the satellites at maximum
resolution, including DigitalGlobe's exclusive 8-band multi-spectral
imagery. In most cases, this capability will make it possible to
task, download and deliver new, up-to-date imagery to end-users
within minutes of collection.
Eagle Vision is a family of deployable commercial remote sensing
satellite downlink and imagery processing stations. The Eagle Vision
stations located across the world collect imagery from commercial
satellites that are used for intelligence preparation of the battle
space; mission planning and rehearsal; predictive battle space
awareness; battle damage assessment; natural disasters and
catastrophic events. The system ensures that U.S. forces and first
responders have current, relevant, high-resolution imagery of areas
of interest that can be exploited and delivered quickly. Eagle Vision
stations have provided planning and mission support to combat
operations since 1994, including Operations Allied Force, Enduring
Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In addition, the program has also aided
natural disaster relief and humanitarian efforts, including responses
to the California wildfires, Hurricane Katrina and the 2010
earthquake in Haiti.
"The DigitalGlobe solution uniquely provides the U.S. Air Force the
ability to task and downlink best-in-class commercial panchromatic
and 8-band multi-spectral imagery," said James "Snake" Clark (SES) of
the United States Air Force, Eagle Vision program. "Under this new
contract, DigitalGlobe's imagery hardware combined with our mobile
stations will help support many of our unique missions enabling us to
get high-resolution imagery to the people who need it on the ground.
It will also enable Eagle Vision systems to be compatible with the
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) commercial
"We are very committed to getting geospatial intelligence into the
hands of those who need it, and this agreement brings our imagery
even closer to the warfighters and first responders on the ground,"
said Jeff Kerridge, senior vice president and general manager of
DigitalGlobe's Defense & Intelligence business. "Working with the
U.S. Air Force shows how versatile and helpful our unclassified
imagery and superior delivery capability can be for a diversified set
of U.S. government customers."
The U.S. Air Force is working with the NGA to leverage NGA's
EnhancedView Service Level Agreement (SLA) for obtaining the imagery.
DigitalGlobe will deploy the upgrades with partners MDA and Orbit
Logic starting in early 2013, with the first terminal expected to be
operational by the middle of the year.
The agreement was previously mentioned by the company on its 3rd
quarter earnings conference call with investors on Oct. 31, 2012.
DigitalGlobe is a leading global provider of
commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services.
Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation, our imagery
solutions support a wide variety of uses within defense and
intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental
monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management,
Internet portals and navigation technology. With our collection
sources and comprehensive ImageLibrary (containing more than 2.5
billion square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products) we
offer a range of on- and off-line products and services designed to
enable customers to easily access and integrate our imagery into
their business operations and applications. For more information,
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