National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is a national intelligence and combat support agency whose mission is to provide timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., NGA has major facilities in the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and St. Louis, Mo., areas with NGA support teams worldwide. The NGA has announced award of the NextView second vendor four-year agreement for about $500 million to ORBIMAGE, Dulles, Virginia. This award helps assure the availability of high-resolution imagery from the next series of U.S. commercial imagery satellites and also furthers the partnership between the U.S. Government and the U.S. remote-sensing industry. In addition, the agreement affords greater access and priority, advanced capability and improved capacity to government customers similar to the first NextView agreement.
The NextView agreement, called NextView ORBIMAGE, has the potential to award about $500 million over the period of performance. The agreement allows NGA early participation in the development cycle for the next generation of U.S. commercial satellite imaging capabilities and provides ORBIMAGE with long-term commitments and capital for its satellite development. The NextView ORBIMAGE agreement moves beyond prior commercial imagery acquisition and seeks to assure access, priority tasking rights, volume (area coverage) and broad licensing terms for sharing imagery with all potential mission partners. This agreement will further transform how NGA provides geospatial intelligence by assuring availability of 0.5-meter commercial imagery.