On Tuesday, June 24, DigitalGlobe hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and representatives of prominent Colorado companies for a roundtable discussion in Denver. The group discussed various topics, including the strength of the aerospace workforce in Colorado and the recent decision by the Department of Commerce to relax restrictions on commercial satellite imagery. Secretary Pritzker also addressed the Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI America event, where she spoke about educating and employing America’s future leaders. Before the roundtable event, Secretary Pritzker was briefed by DigitalGlobe CEO Jeffrey R. Tarr and Ball Aerospace CEO Robert D. Strain on the global challenges that the WorldView-3 satellite, planned for launch in mid-August, is uniquely positioned to address. WorldView-3 will be capable of capturing images at a resolution of 0.31 m, which is a level of detail only available to U.S. government customers before the regulation was modified following an inter-agency review process coordinated by Secretary Pritzker. The satellite was built for DigitalGlobe by Ball Aerospace Corp., with contributions from Exelis, Inc., United Launch Alliance, and Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. “Hosting Secretary Pritzker in our home state was a proud moment for DigitalGlobe, and we truly appreciate her leadership of the U.S. Department of Commerce,” Tarr said. “By approving our license to sell the best quality imagery from our industry-leading satellite constellation, the administration has ensured that the United States will continue to play a leading role in the dynamic and growing global market for geospatial products and analysis.” "The change in imagery restrictions is timely with the approaching launch this summer of WorldView-3, which Ball built for DigitalGlobe," Strain said. "The improved resolution imagery it will provide to DigitalGlobe customers around the world, as the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite, will greatly enhance our views of the earth." U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Priztker met with DigitalGlobe CEO Jeff Tarr and Ball Aerospace CEO Rob Strain. Also pictured: a model of the WorldView-3 satellite that is undergoing final preparations for a planned mid-August launch.
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