21 May 2012
Monday Morning News Kick Off: NGA Scale Model of Bin Laden Compound; Intelsat Launches IPO; and More Commentary on GeoEye
Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? As always, we hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. And, yes, weekends are never really long enough. But, no need to worry, we will ease your transition back into the working world with the most comprehensive roundup of actionable GEOINT news. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on. Happy Monday!
NGA Unveils Scale Model of Bin Laden Compound
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) has unveiled the once top secret scale model of Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan, a precise replica used to plan the raid that killed the Al-Qaeda chief a year ago.
House Rolls Back Export Restrictions on Satellites
The House of Representatives has passed an amendment to the 2013 defense authorization bill that would ease export restrictions on commercial satellites and simplify their export to allies and partners.
GeoEye Takeover Seen After DigitalGlobe Bid Backfires: Real M&A
According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, GeoEye’s attempted acquisition of DigitalGlobe could compel the company to try and sell itself instead.
Amid Facebook, Satellite Company Intelsat Launches IPO
Intelsat Global filed plans for an estimated initial public offering of up to $1.75 billion in common stock, as the satellite services company looks to raise funds for general corporate purposes.
Huge Asteroid to Veer Towards Earth, May Destroy Satellites
A 150-foot-wide, 140,000-ton asteroid may come so close to Earth early next year that it might destroy communications satellites.
Commentary: The Way Out for Struggling Small ISR Companies
The ability of U.S. industry to continue delivering the highest-quality ISR equipment, communications systems and cybersecurity technologies depends in large part on innovations designed by small businesses under contracts to prime contractors, according to a Defense News “Commentary” piece by Brian Ippolito, President and CEO of Orbis Technologies Inc.
Have a Little Empathy: How to Provide the Best Intelligence Products to Support Customers
Interesting take on how to best support IC customers from Marv Gordner of MorganFranklin.
Intergraph Announces APEM Selection of ERDAS APOLLO to Manage and Distribute Imagery and Vector Mapping Data
Intergraph announced last week that APEM Ltd has selected ERDAS APOLLO to manage and distribute terabytes of high resolution aerial photography and growing vector mapping data currently being acquired across the United Kingdom
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