In September 2003, DigitalGlobe announced it won a $500 million contract issued by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) through its NextView program to assure the availability of imagery from the next generation, commercial high-resolution imaging satellites. DigitalGlobe subsequently announced plans to build two next generation, high-resolution imagery satellites, WorldView-1 and WorldView-2.
On January 4, 2007, DigitalGlobe announced it acquired GlobeXplorer, a leading online imagery provider. DigitalGlobe’s industry leading archive and high-resolution, high-capacity satellite combined with GlobeXplorer’s effective online hosting infrastructure, web services, GIS products and services and developer toolkits to provide needed flexibility and easy access to world imagery.
On September 18, 2007, WorldView-1 successfully launched on a Boeing Delta II 7920 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Shortly after the launch, a DigitalGlobe ground station received a downlink signal confirming that the satellite successfully separated from its launch vehicle and had automatically initialized its onboard processors. Full operating capability (FOC) with NGA began on November 16 and DigitalGlobe became the first company to deliver against the NextView program.
In late 2008 through early 2009, DigitalGlobe announced a number of major agreements expanding the availability of high-resolution imagery to online portal, navigation, LBS and enterprise applications:
The first of these was the extension of its service agreement with Google to provide high-resolution satellite imagery for Google Maps and Google Earth. This agreement marked the continuation of Google and DigitalGlobe’s relationship to pioneer wider accessibility of global imagery started back in 2002.
- A new partnership with Microsoft under which DigitalGlobe would provide high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery for the Virtual Earth Platform.
- An agreement with Oracle to offer DigitalGlobe satellite imagery to Oracle Database 11g customers.
- A new relationship with NAVTEQ to better support the thousands of software developers using NAVTEQ map data who want to include high-resolution imagery in their applications. As part of the agreement, DigitalGlobe became a member of the Partner Zone program on the NAVTEQ Network for Developers (NN4D).
- An agreement with deCarta, and another with Telogis, to team up to deliver world imagery to the LBS marketplace by giving their geospatial platform customers direct online access to DigitalGlobe’s online image library.
- A new multi-year agreement with Nokia for use of imagery in Nokia Location Services available on compatible Nokia devices and online through Ovi. Using streamlined technology integration and development of a proprietary format for delivering imagery to Nokia, users would have quick, easy and seamless access to a wide range of global imagery from DigitalGlobe.
In early 2009, DigitalGlobe responded to its growth internationally with the opening of a London office and the relocation and expansion of the Singapore office.
On May 14, 2009, DigitalGlobe began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “DGI.”
On June 29, 2009, DigitalGlobe announced the extension of its service level agreement (SLA) with NGA through March 31, 2010, for a total of $100 million during the extension period.
On October 8, 2009, WorldView-2 was successfully launched from Vandenberg AFB, bringing the total number of sub-meter satellites DigitalGlobe has in orbit to three and enabling the company to offer a constellation of spacecraft that will provide the highest collection capacity — approximately one billion sq km per year — of high-resolution earth imagery to customers around the world. Additionally, WorldView-2 is the only commercial high-resolution satellite with eight-band multispectral capability and features advanced agility and accuracy.