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U.S. intel agency renews contract for satellite imagery

By Richard Tomkins

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is to continue to receive online global high-resolution commercial satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe.

The online, on-demand access is for a period of one year. The EnhanceView contract for the commercial satellite imagery is the sixth consecutive one the agency has given to the company.

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"DigitalGlobe has been a trusted mission partner of the U.S. government for more than a decade, and we are proud to continue providing access to the satellite imagery that enables U.S. troops, intelligence analysts, and first responders to make critical decisions with confidence," said Jeffrey R. Tarr, DigitalGlobe's president and chief executive officer.

The award enables the agency to access mission-ready satellite imagery in multiple classification levels online, typically within two to four hours after downlink. The imagery service provides essential mission planning data to warfighters, the intelligence community, and other U.S. government users.

DigitalGlobe said special features are being added to its service, including shortwave infrared imagery and 8-band multi-spectral imagery.

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions.

The value of the contract was not disclosed

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