DOD's imagery arm awards high-res satellite pact

DOD's imagery arm awards high-res satellite pact

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has awarded Orbimage Inc. a satellite imaging contract under its ClearView program.

The Dulles, Va., company's 22-month contract, announced yesterday, has a minimum guarantee of $27.6 million.

Orbimage joins DigitalGlobe Inc. of Longmont, Colo., and Space Imaging LLC of Thornton, Colo., to work on the Defense Department program. In all, NGA has set a ceiling of $500 million for the program. DigitalGlobe and Space Imaging received their contracts in January of last year.

The ClearView contracts require the three vendors to deliver high-resolution satellite images to NGA. The vendors must provide images with nominal ground sampling distances of one meter or less.

'This is an important step because it helps make the commercial satellite capabilities of the United States even more viable and robust,' the NGA director, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr., said in a statement.

Meanwhile, NGA continues to work on the follow-on to ClearView. Through NextView, the agency wants to assure access to next-generation commercial satellite imagery. So far, it has awarded one contract, to DigitalGlobe, for this R&D initiative [see GCN story].

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