Agency partners with industry

Agency partners with industry

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) has initiated a formal program to purchase satellite imagery from two leading U.S. remote sensing companies. The collective action establishes the two firms as NIMA partners, granting the agency higher priority and greater access to commercial imagery.

The Clearview program is a five-year contract comprising a base performance period of three years with two additional one-year options. Under it, NIMA awarded multiyear contracts to Space Imaging (www.spaceimaging.com) and DigitalGlobe (www.digitalglobe.com), two Colorado-based firms that provide 1-meter-resolution commercial satellite imagery.

While NIMA has contracted to purchase commercial remote sensing imagery in the past (SIGNAL, December 2001, page 16), NIMA officials state that Clearview replaces the previously cumbersome licensing structure with a single license that permits sharing imagery with all potential mission partners.

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