DigitalGlobe Announces Singapore Ground Station as Direct Access Program Partner, Expands Access to World Imagery

LONGMONT / BOULDER, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 1, 2009— DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of world imagery solutions, today announced that it has signed a direct access agreement with the National University of Singapore to allow the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP) to receive high-resolution imagery from its WorldView-1 satellite and WorldView-2 upon its launch in the third quarter of 2009.

“CRISP has been closely involved in numerous regional environmental disaster monitoring and humanitarian assistance activities, such as the tsunami and earthquake disasters,” said Kwoh Leong Keong, Director of CRISP. “With this agreement, we will have access to DigitalGlobe’s highly accurate earth imagery faster than ever before, and will be better equipped to meet the diverse needs of our users.”

“DigitalGlobe is proud to work with CRISP and provide the Asia Pacific region with rapid access to the world’s most sophisticated constellation of next-generation satellites, which provides the accuracy and vibrancy for commercial, scientific and government applications,” said Jill Smith, DigitalGlobe's chief executive officer and president. “With direct access to DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution earth imagery, CRISP and its customers will develop a deeper understanding and perspective on the world, gaining the ability to more closely monitor its landscape and its changing face from space.”

“This is a fantastic relationship with a world class organization,” said Jeff Kerridge, DigitalGlobe’s senior vice president. “CRISP and DigitalGlobe will benefit greatly from the direct reception of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView constellation. With access to WorldView-2’s industry-first 8-bands of multispectral imagery, CRISP will be able to contribute even more dynamic information to their efforts in a timely manner.”

DigitalGlobe’s constellation of high-resolution satellites conducts a daily collection rate of nearly 1 million square kilometers of new images. When WorldView-2 joins DigitalGlobe’s constellation, the collection rate will jump to 2 million square kilometers per day, which is larger than Indonesia, the world's 16th-largest country in terms of land area.

To learn more about advanced DigitalGlobe’s constellation of next-generation satellites, please visit www.digitalglobe.com.

About DigitalGlobe

Longmont, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe ( http://www.digitalglobe.com) is a leading global content provider of high-resolution world imagery solutions. Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation and aerial network, our imagery solutions deliver a real world perspective to governments, businesses, technology developers and humanitarian associations worldwide. The company’s imagery solutions consist of one of the world’s largest image libraries, growing at a rate of up to 1 million square kilometers per day and distributed and accessed through online search and retrieval, production ready image layers, development tool-kits for internet enabled applications and devices, and software solutions for integration with GIS products and services. DigitalGlobe currently operates the largest high-resolution commercial satellite constellation with QuickBird and the first of two next-generation satellites, WorldView-1. The company plans to launch its second next-generation satellite, WorldView-2, in the third quarter of 2009.

DigitalGlobe is a registered trademark of DigitalGlobe.

About CRISP (Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing)

CRISP was established in 1992 as a Research Centre located at the National University of Singapore with funding from the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR). The Centre has focused on scientific research in the basic principles and applications of remote sensing technology. CRISP has been receiving, processing and archiving imagery from various commercial remote-sensing satellites since 1995. The Centre is a major international satellite ground station and research facility with a reputation for quality scientific research, technical competence and superior products and consultancy services. CRISP has achieved international recognition for its research on natural disaster monitoring such as forest fires, earthquakes and the Indian Ocean Tsunami. For more information about CRISP, visit its web site at http://crisp.nus.edu.sg.



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