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Newly Merged DigitalGlobe Announces Satellite Plans Having completed its merger with rival satellite imagery company GeoEye, DigitalGlobe has announced plans for the combined company’s future satellite construction program. The merger created a combined company called DigitalGlobe with a market capitalization of $2.1 billion. According to executives, the new company will have an expanded global presence with a larger and more diverse revenue base; a larger constellation with optimized orbits, coordinated scheduling and improved revisit rates; better integrated imagery collection, processing and analytics capabilities; and a strengthened balance sheet and financial profile. Soon after completion of the merger, DigitalGlobe confirmed that it plans to complete WorldView-3 on its original schedule to be ready for launch in mid-2014 in order to meet the requirements of its EnhancedView contract
with the U.S. government. That contract calls for completion and launch of WorldView-3, which will offer the most spectral diversity available commercially and be the first to offer multiple short-wave infrared bands that allow for accurate imaging through haze, fog, dust, smoke and other air-borne particulates. DigitalGlobe’s largest customer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has confirmed that the requirements of DigitalGlobe’s EnhancedView contract remain unchanged. Accordingly, DigitalGlobe intends to complete the construction of GeoEye-2 in 2013, and to preserve it as a ground spare to meet customer demand or as a replacement for other on-orbit satellites. Previously, GeoEye had expected to launch GeoEye-2 in 2013. “After careful consideration and discussions with our largest customer and others, we have determined that launching WorldView-3
and preserving GeoEye-2 as a ground spare will best meet the collective needs of customers and shareowners alike,” said Jeffrey R. Tarr, president and chief executive officer. “This plan reduces our risk profile and capital footprint, while giving our customers access to the most advanced earth observation capabilities available commercially. Furthermore, as we move forward, if demand exceeds our expectations, we will be well-positioned to quickly expand our constellation. GeoEye-2 and WorldView-3 are extraordinary satellites, and I want to thank all of our team members and partners for their continued efforts toward their completion.” DigitalGlobe now provides customers with access to a constellation of five earth observation satellites and a broad suite of high-value geospatial production and analytic services.
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Air Force Brigadier General Anthony J. Cotton has been assigned as deputy director, National Reconnaissance Office, and commander, Air Force Space Command Element, NRO. Marine Corps Brigadier General Vincent R. Stewart has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. Stewart is currently serving as the director of intelligence, Headquarters Marine Corps. MacAulay-Brown Inc. has hired Mark P. Chadason as a senior vice president. As head of the company’s newly formed National Security Group, he will be responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with national intelligence, homeland security and defense intelligence customers.
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where she will be responsible for leadership and overall management of work for two of TASC’s intelligence customers and provide program-protection services to a broad range of government customers.
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Lockheed Martin has appointed Rick F. Ambrose as executive vice president of its Space Systems business, replacing Joanne Maguire, who is retiring.
TASC has appointed Keith Littlefield, former chief information officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, as the company’s chief technology officer, where he will assume leadership of TASC’s technology strategy as well as oversee its independent research and development and technical fellows programs. In addition, the company recently named Amanda Brownfield vice president of its Mission Analysis Business Unit,
The Intelligence and National Security Alliance has selected Joseph DeTrani as its new president. He is a former director of the National Counter Proliferation Center for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
BAE Systems has announced that David Herr, who has been serving as president of the company’s Support Solutions sector, has become executive vice president, Service Sectors. Ball Aerospace has hired Vonna Heaton for the newly created position of vice president and lead executive of information and intelligence solutions. She most recently served as special assistant to the deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.