Dec 29, 2009

NGA Awards Contracts for Commercial Satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (COMSAR) Imagery, Data Products, and Direct Downlink Services

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Contact: Sue Meisner, 301-227-3132, susan.h.meisner@nga.mil
Marshall Hudson, 301-227-2057, marshall.a.hudson@nga.mil

NGA Awards Contracts for Commercial Satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (COMSAR) Imagery, Data Products, and Direct Downlink Services

BETHESDA, Md.— The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded three Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Contracts (MACs) for Commercial Satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (COMSAR) Imagery, Data Products, and Direct Downlink Services. Contracts were awarded to MDA Geospatial Services, Inc, EADS North America, and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

Each contract includes a five-year ordering period with a guaranteed minimum of $10,000 and a maximum ceiling of $85,000,000. The effective date of the contracts is December 29, 2009.

NGA, as the Department of Defense’s (DoD) sole procurer of commercial remote sensing (CRS) data, routinely procures commercial imagery from both domestic and foreign sources. NGA and its mission partners utilize commercial SAR data for intelligence, military and homeland security applications. The contracts improve NGA’s ability to provide intelligence in low light and bad weather conditions.

NGA is a DoD combat support agency and a member of the national Intelligence Community. The agency’s mission is to provide geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), which is the exploitation of satellite or airborne images, fused with other intelligence and geospatial information like mapping, charting and geodesy, to help warfighters and national decision makers visualize what they need to know. NGA is the nation’s eyes.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Washingtonian magazine selected NGA as one of its “great places to work” in November 2009, where the “pay, mission, culture, flexibility and the benefits were the best part of working at their agency.” NGA also has major facilities in the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and St. Louis, Mo., areas with NGA support teams worldwide. Visit our Web site at www.nga.mil.

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