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NRO Awards Planet Contract as Part of Transition of Commercial Imagery Acquisition

15 Oct 2019, 17:54 UTC
NRO Awards Planet Contract as Part of Transition of Commercial Imagery Acquisition
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CHANTILLY, Va.. October 15, 2019 (NRO PR) – The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) today announced the transition of the Planet commercial imagery subscription service from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to the NRO.

As part of the transition, the NRO awarded Planet an unclassified, multi-year subscription service contract for daily, large-area, 3-5 meter resolution commercial imagery collection.

Recognizing the importance of mission continuity, the scope of the new NRO contract is comparable to NGA’s previous contracts with Planet and includes access to new daily unclassified imagery over multiple areas of interest to military planners, warfighters, and the national security community.

The transition is consistent with NGA’s and NRO’s role in exploring new and viable commercial GEOINT opportunities for national security missions.

“With its large constellation of satellites, Planet can image country – and even continent-sized areas – every day,” said Pete Muend, director, NRO’s Commercial Systems Program Office. “This capability to provide daily revisit over large areas of the Earth gives analysts unparalleled opportunities to discover and monitor activity for a wide range of applications.”

“The NRO is committed to ensuring NGA and its customers continue to have access to Planet imagery to perform the vital analysis needed to create ...

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