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DigitalGlobe’s Week at the National Space Symposium

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EXHIBIT HALL
It was an exciting week at the 28th National Space Symposium Conference. This was DigitalGlobe’s 9th year exhibiting at this show and our booth featured a full spectrum of product offerings which included, DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook Service, Diplomatic Facility Support Package, and Global Basemap.

ANNOUCEMENTS
On Tuesday, we announced WorldView-3’s short-wave infrared capabilities via Press Release while in the booth, we unveiled our interactive WorldView-3 infographic via touch screen. If you didn’t get a chance to play around with it on the show floor, you can check it out here.

FRIENDS OF DIGITALGLOBE
Bonus! DigitalGlobe got a surprise visit from the Lt. Governor of Colorado, Joe Garcia. He was especially interested in hearing about our Analysis Center.

Thanks to our good friends at Ball Aerospace, who had the WorldView-2 model displayed in their booth. They also had an image of the Varyag aircraft carrier DigitalGlobe captured late last year framing the entrance to the exhibit hall.

SESSIONS
I was able to attend quite a few sessions this week but was especially excited about Dr. Neal deGrasse Tyson’s.

Dr. Tyson opened the event with a powerful, hour long revival that re-lived the history of American space flight, and had the audience ready to follow him to Mars.

During his presentation he lamented the lost 1960s culture that landed us on the moon. He compared the math and science excitement then and hypothesized that a revitalized NASA with many “major projects” would do more for STEM education than all the government programs that money could buy. He said today’s kids want it, but often their parents are standing in the way.

He called for a doubling of NASA’s budget and then advised them to ‘get out of Low Earth Orbit’ and let the private sector move in.

He also addressed NASA’s responsibility to create a fleet of launch vehicles that would service a wide variety of missions and then let commercial, academic, and civil users invent creative and profitable payloads.

In many ways, I drew a parallel between the launch vehicles and Enhanced View (EV). EV provides the pixels that are only just starting to fuel the creativity of the user community. This will generate more applications and more algorithms that will only grow with the short-wave infrared (SWIR) sensor on WorldView-3.

A fleet of launch vehicles along with EnhancedView would enable discoveries we can’t yet imagine!

With Earth Day approaching, Dr. Tyson closed with an intriguing observation, recalling the famous “Earthrise” photo taken by Apollo 8 astronauts. He said that “We went to the moon and discovered Earth”.

Jack Hild, VP, US Defense Strategy, DigitalGlobe

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