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NGA Leaderboard compares agency’s needs with industry capabilities

NGA Commercial Geoint Activity

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is eager to compare its near-term needs with the capabilities of companies that obtain data from small satellites or have innovative ways of using space-based data to make sense of activity on the ground.

“It comes down to change and activity,” Kevin Ayers, director of the NGA’s Commercial GEOINT Activity Engagement Division, said at the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah, earlier this month. “What changed since the last time we took an image and what the hell is going on?”

To find out how companies can help it answer those questions, NGA created the Commercial GEOINT Activity Leaderboard, an online tool that lays out the agency’s priorities and invites companies to share their capabilities. NGA will use the Leaderboard to “rack and stack those companies so we can have a better sense of what is going to make the biggest difference for us,” Ayers said.

NGA is focusing on near-term capabilities. For firms establishing satellite constellations, NGA wants to know what imagery products it will be able to purchase within 18 months. For data providers, NGA wants to know what data products will be available in a similar timeframe.

Companies can submit that information through the NGA Leaderboard and update it as necessary, Ayers said.

NGA also will consider risk factors, such as the likelihood a specific company will still exist in 18 to 24 months and the level of difficulty of integrating a firm’s products with the agency’s legacy computer networks.

To help people find their way to the Leaderboard, Ayers sang a jingle. “If you have something good to say:”

Source: Space News

NGA Leaderboard compares agency’s needs with industry capabilities

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