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DigitalGlobe to offer 30cm imagery for commercial use

US, February 27, 2015: After the completion of the mandatory six-month waiting period imposed by the US government, DigitalGlobe recently announced the full availability of its 30 cm satellite imagery products.

In a statement issued to the press, DigitalGlobe has confirmed that it is now geared up to take imagery orders which can be delivered on timescales of days or weeks, as opposed to months. It further added that customers can also order 30 cm archive imagery.

“Today marks a significant milestone for our customers, who will now benefit from a level of image quality that has never before been available from commercial satellite providers,” said Hyune Hand, DigitalGlobe's Senior Vice President for Product Management and Marketing.

The suitability of 30 cm satellite imagery for aerial imaging applications is confirmed by the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS), which is used by the imaging community to define and measure the quality of images and performance of imaging systems. DigitalGlobe’s 30 cm imagery achieves a rating of NIIRS 5.7, meaning it can resolve objects on the ground such as above-ground utility lines in a residential neighborhood, manhole covers, building vents, fire hydrants, and individual seams on locomotives.

"DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite data is the highest quality satellite photo data that PhotoSat has ever processed,” said Gerry Mitchell, President of PhotoSat, a leading satellite elevation mapping provider for energy, mining, and engineering firms. “In one test, an elevation mapping grid extracted from stereo WorldView-3 satellite photos matched a highly accurate LiDAR elevation grid to better than 15 cm in elevation. This result takes satellite elevation mapping into the engineering design and construction markets and directly competes with LiDAR and high resolution air photo mapping for applications like flood plain monitoring," he added.

Source: DigitalGlobe