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01 Jul 2010

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The Great Space Race: Commercial Satellite Imagery and USA Today

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We all know that USA Today tends to focus on stories that have mainstream appeal. The newspaper has the highest circulation of any paper in the country. So, needless to say, we get very excited when a GEOINT-related story makes it into the newspaper that is laid out on the front door of pretty much every hotel room in the country. What is this story? It’s all about the growth of commercial satellite imagery and how it has become the new “space race.” Of course, the two competitors in this new “space race” are USGIF member companies DigitalGlobe and GeoEye. DigitalGlobe CEO Jill Smith told USA Today that: “It is a new kind of space race. We are looking at ways to make space images as ubiquitous as possible.” Meanwhile, GeoEye CEO Matthew O’Connell had this to say: “We are hiring like crazy. This is a great time to be in the space-imaging business.” Congrats to both GeoEye and DigitalGlobe for raising the awareness of GEOINT to such a national level. Read the full USA Today article here.

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