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DigitalGlobe announced its second half of 2007 aerial flight plan with the commitment to collect more than 276,000 km2 of US aerial imagery at a one-foot resolution, setting the industry standard for the clearest ready-to-purchase aerial imagery available.

Longmont, Colo. – DigitalGlobe, provider of the world’s highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, announced its second half of 2007 aerial flight plan with the commitment to collect more than 276,000 km2 of US aerial imagery at a one-foot resolution, setting the industry standard for the clearest ready-to-purchase aerial imagery available. During the second half of this year, more than 60 cities with populations greater than 50,000 will be flown, bringing DigitalGlobe’s total planned new aerial markets to 668,000 km2 for 2007. Collectively, DigitalGlobe will have digitally imaged 108 US cities in 2007 through its aerial collection plan. DigitalGlobe also announced that starting this year, in conjunction with its extensive network of content partners, it will acquire urban metro areas with six-inch resolution or higher aerial images.

“The Internet has re-defined the way DigitalGlobe approaches the search, discovery and delivery path for geospatial and aerial imagery. The strength of our ImageLibrary coupled with our new aerial collection plans ensures that our customers have access to the most extensive set of relevant imagery available around the world. In short, we are delivering the type of content our customers and partners need when they need it,” said Marc Tremblay, general manager of DigitalGlobe’s commercial business unit. “We have a unique leadership position in the geospatial content market. Our growing constellation of satellites, our large investment in aerial collection plans, our content partnership programs and our software solutions ensure that customers have access to all DigitalGlobe imagery from the desktop, the Web or remote devices.”

When detailed detection and highly accurate imagery are required, DigitalGlobe is fast becoming the preferred source for aerial content as it continues its investment in creating the largest online library of high resolution imagery collected from its aerial content program and its constellation of satellites, including QuickBird, the highest resolution commercially available satellite imagery, and its future WorldView I and Worldview II satellites.

DigitalGlobe also announced the expansion of its aerial imagery program internationally for strategic collection of the world’s leading developed cities. DigitalGlobe’s geospatial content collection plan ensures a higher collection rate than any other single aerial or satellite company with a combined collection rate between QuickBird and Worldview I of 1,000,000 km2 of sub-meter imagery per day adding to an existing ImageLibrary of more than 300 million sq km2. DigitalGlobe’s commitment to providing the world’s largest online library of highly accurate, high resolution imagery enables it to provide the broadest depth of coverage for a variety of global base map applications across varying resolutions, time currencies and geographic regions.

About DigitalGlobe

Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe ( ) is the clear leader in the global commercial Earth imagery and geospatial information market. The company’s technical superiority and innovation, unparalleled commitment to customer service, extensive business partner network and open systems philosophy make DigitalGlobe the preferred supplier of imagery products to government and commercial markets. DigitalGlobe is the only geospatial content provider to take an end-to-end approach to geospatial imagery, from acquiring proprietary high-resolution images through a leading- edge satellite and aerial network, to integrating and distributing that data through GlobeXplorer, a proprietary web-based search and retrieval system that makes it easy to find, purchase and download global imagery. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite is the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging system. The company’s next-generation WorldView I satellite is scheduled to launch in mid-2007, and its WorldView II satellite is anticipated to launch in late 2008. The company’s updated and growing ImageLibrary contains over three hundred million square kilometers of satellite and aerial imagery suited to countless applications for people who map, view, navigate and study the earth.

Source: DigitalGlobe, June 19, 2007.

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