DigitalGlobe has announced that it plans to install a ground station in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to receive data from the QuickBird high-resolution imaging satellite. Scheduled to be operational by the end of the third quarter, 2003, this ground station provides additional operational capability to DigitalGlobe’s other ground stations located in Norway and Alaska. DigitalGlobe and the City of Wilkes-Barre celebrated this announcement with a hand-shaking ceremony on August 25. Congressman Paul Kanjorski said that the placement of resources like the DigitalGlobe ground station, and the data it provides, will create more opportunities for businesses to locate to this area and create new jobs. In addition, the data will assist government and the business community in planning future economic development projects.
The QuickBird satellite is the highest resolution commercial earth imaging satellite, collecting images at 60-centimeter, or two-foot, resolution. Once DigitalGlobe’s remote ground stations receive QuickBird satellite data, the data is transferred to the company’s headquarters building in Longmont, Colo. for processing and image quality inspection before being delivered to customers.