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Space Imaging bags multi-million dollar pentagon contract for commercial satellite imagery by NIMA

Space Imaging has announced that it has been awarded a multi-year satellite imagery capacity contract by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). Under terms of the contract, NIMA would acquire imagery worldwide from Space Imaging’s IKONOS satellite – the world’s first commercial high-resolution commercial imaging satellite. IKONOS satellite imagery provides access to any location on the earth’s surface every one to two days and collects up to 200,000 square kilometers of imagery per day. As of January there are more than 40 million square kilometers of imagery in the IKONOS digital archive.

For the first three years, the contract has a minimum value of $120 million with a five-year ceiling of $500 million. The contract performance period is five years.

“This Clearview contract is a new approach to the procurement of commercial satellite imagery”, said Lt. Gen. (ret) James Clapper, director of NIMA. “The contract enables NIMA to utilize commercial satellite imagery across a broad spectrum of geospatial applications.”

Map accurate, high-resolution imagery from the IKONOS satellite has been used to develop up-to-date maps for military users, support intelligence activities, military planning and operations, damage assessments, public diplomacy and humanitarian assistance. Space Imaging was the only company to supply high-resolution satellite imagery to NIMA during the early months of Operation Enduring Freedom. The imagery was used to help build databases of the region to support quick turnaround requests for new geospatial products.

“This contract reflects a change in our customer relationship with NIMA,” added Joe Dodd, Space Imaging’s vice president of Federal Alliances “Commercial imagery has now become an operational element of the nation’s imagery intelligence architecture. We are excited to help meet the nation’s geospatial intelligence requirements with IKONOS and our future high-resolution imaging satellites.”