Rapid, comprehensive, global satellite coverage is an invaluable asset for responding to major disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tropical cyclones and fires. With five satellites orbiting the globe, DigitalGlobe owns and operates the World’s most agile constellation of high-resolution commercial earth imaging satellites, collects more than 2.5 million square kilometers every day and can revisit the same location daily. Expected to launch in 2014, WorldView-3 will further increase the capability of our constellation with its newly added super-spectral, shortwave infrared (SWIR) and cloud, aerosols, vapor, ice, snow (CAVIS) sensors.
DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook online subscription service for emergency managers and enterprise customers leverages our constellation and DigitalGlobe Cloud Service (DGCS) technology to provide fast, web-based access to pre- and post-event imagery of world events and disasters. By analyzing the before and after images, DigitalGlobe enables first responders and people on the ground to see the full extent of the situation and effectively plan a course of action following major disasters and events. The collected imagery can be deeply integrated into customer workflows to reduce turnaround time and enable rapid decision making by providing subscription access and standardized data hosting. As we all know, when disaster strikes, there’s no time to waste, so getting this infrastructure set up in advance is critical to a quick response that can often help save lives.