US: DigitalGlobe announced that it will provide upgrades to multiple US Air Force Eagle Vision mobile ground stations. The new capability will enable the delivery of the highest quality imagery to warfighters and first responders in the “fastest possible way,” said the company in a statement.
In July, DigitalGlobe announced it was merging with rival GeoEye.
The combined company created the world”s largest fleet of high-resolution, earth-imagery satellites.
DigitalGlobe said that upon completion of the project, the ground stations will be capable of utilizing DigitalGlobe”s WorldView earth imaging satellites and rapidly download imagery from the satellites at maximum resolution.
Eagle Vision is a family of deployable commercial remote sensing satellite downlinks and imagery processing stations.
The Eagle Vision stations located across the world collect imagery from commercial satellites that are used for intelligence preparation for space battle; mission planning and rehearsal; battle damage assessment and natural disasters and catastrophic events.
DigitalGlobe said the system ensures that US forces and first responders have “current, relevant, high-resolution imagery of areas of interest that can be exploited and delivered quickly.”
“The DigitalGlobe solution uniquely provides the US Air Force the ability to task and downlink best-in-class commercial panchromatic and 8-band multi-spectral imagery,” said James Clark, of the US Air Force Eagle Vision program.
Jeff Kerridge, senior vice president and general manager of DigitalGlobe”s Defense and Intelligence section, said DigitalGlobe is very “committed to getting geospatial intelligence into the hands of those who need it.”