Colorado, US: DigitalGlobe has awarded a contract to Raytheon Company to provide an enhanced constellation collection management system. Using a strategic analysis of collection orders and other company priorities, the system will further optimise the use of DigitalGlobe’s constellation, with three sub-meter satellites already on orbit—ensuring efficient imagery collection and fast delivery to its customers and providing a foundation for future capacity growth.
Dr. Walter Scott, founder and chief technology officer of DigitalGlobe, said, “For today’s imagery user, it is all about speed of large area collection and refresh, customers demand both. Raytheon’s new system will provide state of the art capabilities to ensure our constellation now and in the future is able to provide a robust collection capacity, dependable refresh, collection reliability, intra-day revisit and ultimately deliver on our promise to provide the most timely, relevant imagery when our customers need it.”
Barbara Johnson, Vice President of Intelligence and Information Systems, Ground Enterprise Solutions, Raytheon, said, “We are bringing over 35 years experience providing mission management solutions to this new customer.”
The October 2009 launch of WorldView-2, the company’s latest high-resolution satellite, drove a sharp increase in DigitalGlobe’s collection capacity. Today, the company’s three satellites, QuickBird, WorldView-1, and WorldView-2, collect an industry-leading 500 million square kilometres of imagery annually.