Two U.S. intelligence agencies - the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office - announced July 15 a new collaboration to help their organizations buy and analyze commercial satellite imagery.
James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said the intelligence community has likely not taken full advantage of products from a flurry of new commercial satellite imagery companies.
The head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said it will open a new center in Silicon Valley to work more directly with startup companies, including several small satellite and imagery companies that have made California home.
Geospatial imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc. on April 27 reported a sharp increase in business from its 10 Direct Access Partner (DAP) governments in the three months ending March 31 and signed an initial agreement for an 11th DAP customer.
The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency plans to spend tens of millions of dollars studying ways to use data from emerging startups deploying constellations of small imaging satellites.
DigitalGlobe is revamping its commercial strategy and focusing on profitability and share repurchases to bolster its sagging stock price.
The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) could request funding as early as next year to begin experimenting with the different imagery products becoming available from a new generation of commercial satellite operators and data analytics firms.
The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency believes more than 600 commercial imaging satellites could be on orbit by 2021 and hopes to leverage these assets to diversify its data sources.
Emerging threats from Russia and China and an eye-opening government study known as the Space Portfolio Review have led the White House to add as much as $8 billion to intelligence and defense budgets over the next five years for activities to improve the resiliency of U.S. national security space capabilities, sources told SpaceNews.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is witnessing a commercially driven explosion in satellite imagery sources that promises to turn what was once a trickle into a torrent. NGA Director Robert Cardillo is embracing this brave new world, even if he remains unsure of its implications for the agency.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a protest by Vencore Inc. of a contract awarded to TASC worth as much as $25 million to prescreen and negotiate apps for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
NGA Director Robert Cardillo said the agency must be poised to take advantage of a burgeoning Earth imaging satellite industry but also recognize how the surge in available data could aid the decision-making of the country’s enemies.
Neither the New York Times nor the Secret Service identified the drone pilot by name or revealed what he does at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. An NGA spokesman told the Times that the man was off duty at the time "and is not involved in work related to drones or unmanned aerial vehicles in any capacity at N.G.A.”