From DirectionsMagazine: http://apb.directionsmag.com/entry/digitalglobe-gets-nod-from-nga-on-rdog/203161
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
DigitalGlobe Gets Nod from NGA on RDOG
DigitalGlobe’s Rapid Delivery of Geospatial Intelligence (RDOG) program to provider faster delivery satellite data and intelligence to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency got an added boost today with the federal agency issuing a contract for $37.9 million in additional funding for the program. Jeff Kerridge, senior vice president and general manager of DigitalGlobe’s defense & intelligence business unit said that the original RDOG concept was just a small area online originally that provided but that the web services platform continued to grow withing the past few years. This new contract represents recognition from NGA as to success of the delivery platform. Kerridge said that the program is in alignment NGA director Tish Long’s goal of getting more data online and getting closer to the customer.
The objective of RDOG was to provide end users, especially warfighters, access to satellite data within hours of data acquisition. The new contract will expand the scope of image delivery to cover in excess of 10 countries, with imagery delivered within three to five hours after data collection. The ability to provide faster access is facilited by the increase in the number of ground stations located within the equatorial region. This year, DigitalGlobe has activated four new ground stations around the world and three more are planned for 2012, which will take the total number of ground stations to eleven. Kerridge indicated that this added ground station capability for more frequent downloads of satellite data is equivalent to adding another satellite to the constellation.
The RDOG interface is a “Google Earth-like” experience that allows for roaming, panning and zooming to the data that is tagged with information about when it was collected. RDOG also represents the intentions of DigitalGlobe to bring this type of functionality to users in both other public agencies as well as commercial businesses.
I was wondering, once we get into the channels of accessing data, if this is going to be a good news for us as well?!