DigitalGlobe has announced that it plans to install a ground station in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to receive data from the QuickBird high-resolution imaging satellite. Scheduled to be operational by the end of the third quarter, 2003, this ground station provides additional operational capability to DigitalGlobe's other ground stations located in Norway and Alaska.
DigitalGlobe and the City of Wilkes-Barre will celebrate this announcement with a hand-shaking ceremony today, Monday August 25, at 2:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Wilkes-Barre Center Building, 10th Floor, 39 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Media are invited to attend.
"We are fortunate to be working with the city of Wilkes-Barre and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - the support we've received from city and state officials has been outstanding," said Herb Satterlee, CEO and chairman of DigitalGlobe. "We look forward to increasing our presence in Pennsylvania and helping to expand the overall marketplace for GIS data," he added.
Congressman Paul Kanjorski, who represents the 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, said, "I look forward to welcoming Mr. Satterlee and his high-tech business to Northeastern Pennsylvania this afternoon. As a founding partner of the GIS Consortium, we envision that the placement of resources like the DigitalGlobe ground station, and the data it provides, will create more opportunities for businesses to locate to this area and create new jobs. In addition, the data will assist government and the business community in planning future economic development projects. DigitalGlobe's motto is 'clearly the best,' and I am pleased that its newest ground station will be here in Wilkes-Barre."
The QuickBird satellite is the world's highest resolution commercial earth imaging satellite, collecting images at 60-centimeter, or two-foot, resolution. Once DigitalGlobe's remote ground stations receive QuickBird satellite data, the data is transferred to the company's headquarters building in Longmont, Colo. for processing and image quality inspection before being delivered to customers.