On May 4, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency issued a request for information (RFI) for NextGen Commercial Imagery Strategy and Architecture to Aquire Commercial Imagery Products and Services (Solicitation Number: HM0476-15-NexGen-Imagery). Industry questions must be submitted no later than May 19 at 5:00pm EST. Responses to the RFI are due no later than June 3 no later than 5:00pm EST.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has used commercial satellite imagery to supply its Foundation Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) production, intelligence, and Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Response missions since 2003. NGA’s primary industry partners have been the domestic high-resolution electro-optical (EO) commercial data providers (CDPs) under the ClearView, NextView, and EnhancedView programs. In recent years, the agency has established relationships with a number of international CDPs, primarily the Commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar providers, to satisfy its commercial satellite imagery requirements. Currently, multiple new commercial remote sensing satellite operators are building constellations of small satellites that provide a wide diversity of imaging capabilities, upon which these companies intend to offer products and services to business intelligence markets.
To meet requirements of the future, NGA requires commercial GEOINT capabilities which include mission-relevant and diverse commercial archive and new imagery, imagery-derived analytic products and services, and machine-to-machine interfaces with commercial imagery providers and partners. A major goal of NGA’s NextGen Tasking Initiative is to develop and demonstrate new and improved approaches to the tasking, collection, processing, exploitation, and dissemination processes by which NGA analysts and end-users acquire and utilize commercial GEOINT capabilities. Accordingly, NGA wishes to explore new strategies and architectures to acquire commercial GEOINT capabilities.
NGA is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) to commercial imaging satellite operators and their industry partners, including satellite imagery brokers, to inform them of NGA’s plans for future acquisition of commercial GEOINT capabilities in FY17 and beyond.
Full information is available here.