US: On June 24, DigitalGlobe hosted US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and representatives of prominent Colorado companies for a roundtable discussion in Denver. The group discussed various topics, including the strength of the aerospace workforce in Colorado and the recent decision by the Department of Commerce to relax restrictions on commercial satellite imagery.
Before the roundtable event, Secretary Pritzker was briefed by DigitalGlobe CEO Jeffrey R. Tarr and Ball Aerospace CEO Robert D. Strain on the global challenges that the WorldView-3 satellite, planned for launch in mid-August, is positioned to address. WorldView-3 will be capable of capturing images at a resolution of 31 cm, which is a level of detail only available to US government customers before the regulation was modified following an inter-agency review process coordinated by Secretary Pritzker.
“The change in imagery restrictions is timely with the approaching launch this summer of WorldView-3, which Ball built for DigitalGlobe,” Strain said. “The improved resolution imagery it will provide to DigitalGlobe customers around the world, as the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite, will greatly enhance our views of the earth.”
Source: Digital Globe