DigitalGlobe Announces the Start of Imagery Collection for its Advanced Ortho Aerial Program

Collaboration with Microsoft provides aerial imagery exclusively available through Bing Maps and DigitalGlobe

Longmont, Colo. and San Diego, Calif., July 12, 2010 – DigitalGlobe, a leading global content provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, today announced the collection of the first imagery from the company’s Advanced Ortho Aerial Program.  Through a special agreement with Microsoft announced in October 2009, the Advanced Ortho Aerial Program will provide wall-to-wall 30 cm aerial coverage of the contiguous United States and Western Europe that DigitalGlobe has the exclusive rights to distribute beyond Bing Maps. The program’s first orthophoto mosaics are of San Diego, CA and Tampa, FL, and can be viewed on DigitalGlobe’s website.

“The Advanced Ortho Aerial Program enhances our ability to provide comprehensive coverage with unmatched accuracy, quality and aesthetics. With these areas available off-the-shelf through our Ortho Vision Premium – Precision product, we offer high-quality, highly accurate imagery faster than ever,” said John Oechsle, vice president of strategy and product at DigitalGlobe.  “The locations we’ve captured today are just the beginning. We will continue to enhance our offerings to deliver comprehensive imagery solutions to our customers and strengthen our commitment to increasing the value and availability of high-resolution digital imagery.”

To collect the first-ever multicontinental aerial imagery from 30 cm, DigitalGlobe and Microsoft Corp. use the UltraCamG, a large format digital aerial camera manufactured by Vexcel Imaging GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, which is based on Vexcel’s UltraCam large format camera systems, the top-selling large format aerial sensors internationally.

Imagery collected through the Advanced Ortho Aerial Program will provide content for the Advanced Ortho Vision Premium – Precision product, the highest quality product from DigitalGlobe’s Advanced Ortho Series, also announced today and available for customers in Q3 2010. For more information, please visit DigitalGlobe’s website.

The Advanced Ortho Aerial Program further expands DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading ImageLibrary and, combined with DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution satellite constellation, provides customers with more than 500 million square kilometers annually of highly current, accurate imagery that can reveal revolutionary information and insight.

About DigitalGlobe
Longmont, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe ( is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services. Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation, our imagery solutions support a wide variety of uses within defense, intelligence, and homeland security applications, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, internet portals and navigation technology. With our collection sources and comprehensive ImageLibrary (containing more than 1 billion square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products) we offer a range of on- and off-line products and services designed to enable customers to easily access and integrate our imagery into their business operations and applications. For more information, please visit  

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