Virginia, USA, 21 June 2006: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Stereo Airfield Collection programme has awarded GeoEye a $3.7 million contract to image 365 airfields and produce Airport Mapping Databases (AMDB) over a 12-month period. GeoEye will deliver IKONOS stereo imagery and perform three-dimensional airport feature extraction services in accordance with NGA specifications. This is the NGA’s third and largest Airport Mapping Database award to GeoEye, following two prior awards for three airfields in 2004 and 15 airfields in 2005.
An Airport Mapping Database is a geospatial database that contains significant features of an airport such as runways, taxiways, buildings, obstacles and terrain surrounding an airfield. This information supports the safe movement of aircraft and helicopters on runways and taxiways. These products can also be used to support training, mission or contingency planning and visual simulations for ordinary operations or crisis situations.
Dejan Damjanovic, GeoEye’s program manager for airfield and harbor mapping said, “We are also completing a project for 13 commercial airports in South America for the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission. GeoEye’s unique airfield mapping expertise leads the commercial satellite industry for government, military and commercial airfield mapping worldwide. We participate extensively on Airfield Mapping Standards Committees, and then build the specific Airport Mapping Database to suit the customer requirement.”