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. USGS Awards Contract For Commercial Satellite Imagery To DigitalGlobe

Longmont CO (SPX) Jun 29, 2004
DigitalGlobe, provider of the world's highest resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, announced that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has awarded DigitalGlobe a portion of a $15 million multi-year contract for the acquisition of high-resolution commercial satellite imagery.

The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract provides the USGS and its partner agencies with coordinated access to the remote sensing industry's products and services.

"These contracts directly support the president's Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy, signed in 2003, by providing a centralized mechanism for civil agencies to acquire commercial remote sensing products to support their mission needs in an efficient and coordinated way," said Barbara Ryan, USGS associate director for geography.

This contract complements those signed in September 2003 between the USGS and four commercial companies that provide high-resolution aerial remote sensing data.

The Commercial Partnerships Team at the USGS Office in Rolla, Mo. administers the remote sensing contracts in addition to cartographic services contracts with other U.S. firms used for obtaining various kinds of digital geospatial data.

According to Ryan, "This team is committed to providing the highest quality products and services at fair and reasonable prices to the USGS and its partner agencies by building and maintaining strong, long-term relationships with the commercial sector."

With convenient, centralized access to DigitalGlobe's QuickBird ImageLibrary containing hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of the highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery data, as well as access to new data acquisitions, federal, state and local agencies that rely on geospatial information can leverage this USGS contract for:

landbase mapping and numerous applications, including natural hazard and disaster response, homeland security, land and resource management, infrastructure planning and management, policy decision-making, and scientific study.

"The USGS' decision to be a central conduit to commercial remote sensing data for all levels of government is one that should be applauded," said Herb Satterlee, chairman and CEO of DigitalGlobe.

"This arrangement will make it easier for all agencies to access the data they need, when they need it," Satterlee added.

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