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DigitalGlobe, GeoEye bag NGA contract

US: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awarded GeoEye and DigitalGlobe, 10-year contracts worth a combined USD 7.35 billion to fulfil intelligence needs of the US government.

DigitalGlobe said that it has entered into a USD 3.55 billion agreement with NGA, under the EnhancedView procurement, effective September 1, 2010 upon expiration of the company’s NextView Agreement. On the other hand, GeoEye confirmed that it has won a USD 3.8 billion contract award from the NGA for increased commercial satellite-imaging capacity. This competitively awarded contract supports the EnhancedView programme by providing products and services that will help meet the increasing geospatial intelligence needs of the intelligence community and Department of Defense.

The award for DigitalGlobe includes supply of satellite imagery from the WorldView satellite constellation under a Service Level Agreement (“EnhancedView SLA”) in a total amount of USD 2.8 billion. The agreement also provides for up to USD 750 million for value added products, infrastructure enhancements and other services.

The award for GeoEye includes:
– USD 2.8 billion for commercial satellite imagery purchases over the next ten years.
– USD 337 million cost share for the development and launch of GeoEye-2.
– USD 700 million for value-added products and services to include the design and procurement of additional infrastructure to support government operations. This also includes our EyeQ Web Mapping Services to be delivered under the Service Level Agreement (SLA).

Matt O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), GeoEye, said, “With this award, we will continue the accelerated development of our GeoEye-2 satellite so that it is operational in 2013. We will also upgrade our infrastructure and continue expanding our Web-delivery systems so that we can deliver the world’s best commercial imagery to the NGA and our other customers anywhere, anytime.”

Source: GeoEye & DigitalGlobe