Combined Efforts Deliver the Most Imagery, Faster, With Less Cloud Cover for European Commission's Joint Research Center
LONGMONT, CO and MUNICH, GERMANY, Apr 23, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) and its partner European Space Imaging, a
leading supplier of high-resolution satellite imagery in Europe and
North Africa, today announced the results of the 2011 Control with
Remote Sensing (CwRS) Campaign. The CwRS Campaign supports the member
states in the implementation of the European Union's (EU) Common
The results show that DigitalGlobe's constellation outperformed
competitors by a wide margin, with DigitalGlobe satellites collecting
imagery approximately two times faster than its nearest rival.
This enabled DigitalGlobe and its partner European Space Imaging to
provide 66 percent of the total EU member states' requirement for
very high-resolution imagery, including the most imagery with cloud
cover equal to or less than five percent of the image.
"We're pleased to announce that our industry-leading constellation
has once again enabled us to deliver unmatched performance and value
thanks to significantly higher collection capacity, faster revisit
and recapture, and unique weather optimized collection capabilities,"
said Andrea Bersan, international vice president at DigitalGlobe.
DigitalGlobe Constellation and ImageLibrary
constellation is comprised of its QuickBird, WorldView-1 and
WorldView-2 satellites. WorldView-1 and -2 are the most advanced
commercial imagery satellites currently on-orbit. Both use Control
Moment Gyros (CMG), giving them far better agility and maneuvering
speed than competing satellites.
As the satellites travel at roughly 27,000 kilometers per hour
through their orbits, the CMGs are responsible for quickly adjusting
the angle of the satellites, allowing them to photograph a wide range
of locations on the planet's surface.
Subsequently, the satellites are able to capture much more imagery
and far faster than would otherwise be possible. DigitalGlobe has
also passed the milestone of obtaining more than one billion square
kilometers (km2) of color imagery, 60 percent of which is less than
two years old.
"Having the world's most advanced commercial imaging satellites and
the world's largest imagery archive enables us to provide customers
in Europe and worldwide a superior overall solution -- regardless of
whether they need imagery captured in the last few hours, the last
few months, or the last few years," added Bersan. "Additionally, our
leading color archive is 1.7 times the size of our nearest
competitor, giving customers access to the largest and most recent
color imagery available."
Working jointly with European Space Imaging
European Space Imaging,
which has been a data provider to the CwRS Campaign since very
high-resolution sensors were introduced, manages and operates the
image collection campaign using its own local satellite ground
station. For the 2011 campaign, European Space Imaging was the only
supplier to complete the program with a reliable 100 percent success
The technical management of the CwRS Campaign is performed by the
Joint Research Centre of the European Commission on behalf of the
Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development. The
campaign has been in operation for twenty years. With the successful
introduction of very high-resolution sensors in 2004, hundreds of
thousands of km^2 of agricultural land are monitored throughout
Europe with strict technical criteria and constraints. Detailed
information about the program can be found at
Adrian Zevenbergen, managing director of European Space Imaging,
stated, "The CwRS Campaign is probably one of the largest and
operationally most challenging image acquisition projects in Europe.
With the highest success rate of all data providers involved, we are
pleased to have demonstrated that local satellite tasking combined
with individual collection planning does make a difference."
DigitalGlobe 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 two
billion 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,
About European Space Imaging
European Space Imaging (EUSI) is a
leading supplier of Very High-Resolution satellite imagery to
customers in Europe and North Africa. The company was founded in 2002
and is based in Munich, Germany. EUSI is the only European satellite
data provider that operates its own Very High-Resolution satellite
ground station for direct satellite tasking and local data downlink.
EUSI has an excellent reputation for its customer service and has a
diverse network of technological and commercial partners. The company
maintains long-term, direct relations with the major European and
international institutions working in disaster management, national
and regional security, environmental monitoring and mapping. With its
dedicated satellite ground station in Munich, Germany, customers
benefit from Priority Local Satellite Tasking for rapid collection
and same-day production and delivery.
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