Weekly GEOINT Community News

NGA Awards Seven New Contracts; Transfers EnhancedView Contract to NRO; Provides Imagery for First Hi-Res Antarctica Map; Renews DigitalGlobe Global EGD Contract


NGA Awards Seven New Contracts

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency awarded seven total contracts for GEOINT foundation and characterization support services. Booz Allen Hamilton, Raytheon, Decisive Analytics, and the University of Texas at Austin were each awarded more than $450,000 in foundation contracts covering tools and services that describe geophysical phenomena such as topography, elevation, geomatics, and more. Raytheon, OGSystems, and SRI International won nearly $500,000 each in characterization contracts covering analytic efforts to help the agency establish detailed understanding of interest areas such as spatial, spectral, and temporal resolution data.

NGA Transfers EnhancedView Contract to NRO

NGA announced last week it has transferred the EnhancedView commercial imagery acquisition contract to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). As part of the transition, NRO awarded DigitalGlobe the EnhancedView Follow-On contract to provide the U.S. government access to DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1, 2, and 3 satellites as well as the company’s image archive.

NGA Renews DigitalGlobe’s Global EGD Contract 

DigitalGlobe’s Global Enhanced GEOINT Delivery (Global EGD) contract was renewed by NGA for a seventh year. The contract, valued at $44 million, provides U.S. warfighters, first responders, and analysts with on-demand access to high-resolution satellite imagery at multiple classification levels. The renewal adds access to DigitalGlobe’s color mosaics, Geospatial Big Data platform, and enhanced imagery streaming. 

NGA Provides Imagery for First Hi-Res Antarctica Map

NGA provided imagery and expertise supporting the recent release of the first Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA) an 8-meter terrain map covering about 98 percent of the continent. The map was constructed from hundreds of thousands of stereoscopic digital elevation models taken from DigitalGlobe satellite images, and was generated using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as by applying specialized techniques using open-source software developed at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State University. 

Altamira Wins IC Mission System Contract

Altamira Technologies Corporation was awarded a $25 million contract to support the enhancement of an unannounced mission system for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). Altamira will provide enterprise system modernization to improve sustainability in line with recent IC mandates.

Raytheon Awarded USAF Sensor Systems Contract

Raytheon was selected for a $282 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to modernize and deliver AN/DAS-4 electro-optical and infrared sensor systems. Raytheon will upgrade 40 DAS-1A turret units to a DAS-4 configuration and provide 127 AN/DAS-4 Multi-Spectral Targeting System Model B turrets as well as replaceable unit spares and associated data.

Radiant Earth Foundation Unveils Imagery Platform, Rebrands

Radiant Earth Foundation last week released its new Earth imagery platform, offering instant, secure, and free access to Earth observation data on the cloud. The platform offers user-friendly analytic tools, and its open API allows users to integrate non-imagery data such as air quality, population, or weather statistics. The company also announced last week its rebranding from Radiant.Earth to Radiant Earth Foundation, in a blog post by CEO Anne Hale Miglarese. 

Splunk and Global Emancipation Network Announce Human Trafficking Investigation Platform

Splunk Inc. and Global Emancipation Network launched a new technology platform called Minerva, aimed at fighting human trafficking. Minerva uses advanced data analytics from Splunk Enterprise to enable information sharing and collaboration across local and federal law enforcement, government agencies, and more. Global Emancipation Network grants Minerva access to organizations with valid counter-trafficking missions in order to host and explore millions of trafficking-related data records. 

Mantech Wins Prime DHS Contract

Mantech won a six-year, $668 million GSA FEDSIM contract supporting the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) program. DEFEND is an effort to strengthen the department’s cyber posture, reduce threats, and integrate cost-effective network tools and cyber capabilities.

Compusult Limited Awarded NATO GIS Contract

Compusult Limited was selected by the NATO Communications and Information Agency to deliver the Upgrade of Geographical Information Service Increment 3 (Core GIS Incr. 3) project. Core GIS Incr. 3 is an initiative to enhance geospatial web services, improve interoperability, and create and distribute geospatial data and products. The project will now incorporate Compusult’s commercial location-based data discovery and management software Web Enterprise Suite.

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