July 9, 2019 – Maxar Technologies announced that it signed a three-year contract to continue providing its Vivid and Metro satellite imagery mosaics to Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. This new contract builds upon Esri and Maxar’s long-term partnership and demonstrates Esri’s commitment to providing ArcGIS users with the highest quality satellite imagery foundation available.
Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is a collection of geographic information from around the world, including maps, apps and data layers. The World Imagery map of Living Atlas uses Maxar’s Vivid and Metro imagery mosaic products, which include some of the highest resolution, most accurate and visually consistent global image mosaics available on the market and updated annually. As part of Maxar’s continued efforts to innovate and enhance its products, Esri will receive a new version of Vivid that more than doubles the horizontal accuracy of imagery pixels, thus making the vector features extracted by ArcGIS creators even more precise. Esri’s contract includes up to 1,000 of Maxar’s 6,000 Metro imagery mosaics, which provides global, off-the-shelf access to recent imagery of specific cities. ArcGIS end users will also have access to Maxar’s NaturalVue ® 2.0 image mosaic and National Urban Change Indicator (NUCI) through the Living Atlas Catalog, which was announced earlier this year.
“Over the last decade, Maxar and Esri have partnered to combine the best commercial satellite imagery with the most advanced geospatial tools on the market within a unified experience,” said Tony Frazier, Maxar’s Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations. “This latest contract demonstrates both companies’ enduring commitment to innovation for Esri end users and the global GIS community.”
“Maxar’s dedication to creating high-quality products allows us to continue offering ArcGIS users better and better satellite imagery for their analysis,” said Richard Cooke, Esri’s Director of Global Remote Sensing & Imagery. “The improved horizontal accuracy of Vivid and continuous updates to Metro allow the Esri community to improve the certainty of their work and increase the confidence in their decision-making.”
Maxar’s new image mosaic layers will be made available to ArcGIS users continuously within Esri’s Living Atlas throughout the next three years of this extended agreement.
The operations of DigitalGlobe, SSL and Radiant Solutions were unified under the Maxar brand in February; MDA continues to operate as an independent business unit within the Maxar organization.