DigitalGlobe(TM) announced that it has entered into full commercial operations by offering its QuickBird imagery products to the global marketplace. DigitalGlobe began selling products to its Charter Club members in January and to resellers in March, and the company is now making imagery available to all customers with the announcement of its commercial market rollout. QuickBird images are unprecedented in terms of resolution and quality.
“We took a phased approach to making our products available to the general marketplace by first serving our select Charter Club members and then our resellers,” said Herbert Satterlee, president and CEO for DigitalGlobe. “We wanted to ensure all of our systems operated smoothly before we began selling images to the public. The positive response we’ve received so far from the entire industry has been overwhelming.”
DigitalGlobe’s commitment to successful partnerships allows the company to substantially expand the marketplace for remote sensing data and value-added information products. “The level of energy we’re already feeling throughout the industry is an indication of the growing acceptance of satellite imagery as a viable and valuable information tool,” Satterlee stated.
The QuickBird satellite was launched in October 2001 to collect images of the Earth at sub-meter resolution. Imagery collected by the satellite has been filling DigitalGlobe’s digital archive and, by the end of 2002, will represent a significant portion of the Earth’s surface. QuickBird imagery that exists in DigitalGlobe’s archive is available for under $600. New collections may also be ordered.