New Clear30 Program Exclusively Available Through Bing Maps and DigitalGlobe
LONGMONT, CO, Oct 29, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), a leading global provider of commercial
high-resolution world-imagery products and services for defense and
intelligence, civil government, and commercial customers, today
announced it has signed an agreement with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:
MSFT) to launch the Clear30 program, an initiative to distribute
high-resolution, 30-cm aerial imagery of contiguous landscapes,
initially in the U.S. and Western Europe. These orthophoto mosaics
will be available through Bing Maps and through DigitalGlobe
The Clear30 initiative is a new agreement that expands the current
relationship between Microsoft and DigitalGlobe and reflects a
commitment to increase accessibility and use of high-resolution
digital imagery. To collect the first ever multicontinental aerial
imagery from 30 cm, the companies will use the UltraCamG, a large
format digital aerial camera manufactured by Vexcel Imaging GmbH, a
wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, which is based on Vexcel's
UltraCam large format camera systems, the top selling large format
aerial sensors internationally.
"We're excited about the launch of the Clear30 program and our
continued relationship with DigitalGlobe," said Steve Stanzel, general
manager of Bing Maps at Microsoft Corp. "By providing DigitalGlobe
exclusive access to our advanced UltraCamG imagery, we can provide
our mutual customers easy access and integration of high-resolution
digital aerial orthophotos for vast landscapes around the world."
"We are very pleased to be expanding our relationship with Microsoft
and look forward to introducing the UltraCamG imagery into our world
imagery solutions," said Jill Smith, chairman and chief executive
officer of DigitalGlobe. "The addition of large quantities of very
high-resolution digital aerial imagery, collected quickly and
published on a consistent update schedule, will further enhance our
ability to distribute a comprehensive digitized globe to our
The companies did not provide financial details concerning the
Imagery from the UltraCamG will further expand DigitalGlobe's
industry leading ImageLibrary and will complement the satellite
imagery products available from the DigitalGlobe high-resolution
satellite constellation, including the recently launched WorldView-2
satellite. Current collection areas for the UltraCamG program include
the contiguous United States and Western Europe.
To learn more about advanced DigitalGlobe's constellation of
sub-meter satellites, please visit www.digitalglobe.com.
DigitalGlobe (http://www.digitalglobe.com) is a leading global
provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and
services. Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation, our
imagery solutions support a wide variety of uses within defense and
intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental
monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management,
internet portals and navigation technology. With our collection
sources and comprehensive ImageLibrary (containing more than 730
million square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products) we
offer a range of on- and off-line products and services designed to
enable customers to easily access and integrate our imagery into
their business operations and applications. For more information,
please visit www.digitalglobe.com.
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