Important Changes to NGA Guidelines for Commercial Satellite Imagery Use

NGA NextView License

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) NextView license was developed to accommodate the desire to share commercial satellite imagery across U.S. Government agencies, contractors, and other entities supporting U.S. Government interests.

All commercial satellite imagery provided by PGC for your research is subject to the NextView License.

The NextView License applies to all data, imagery, imagery services, and imagery derived products. The license rights for use by the U.S. Government (USG) are established under the EnhancedView Contract and apply in perpetuity. Any derived product may be generated.

Important Changes

These important changes from NGA are effective immediately. Please read the information below carefully and forward to members of your group.

The release of NextView licensed imagery and imagery derived products into the public domain has grown dramatically over the last few years and prompted NGA to take action to mitigate risk.

Releasing or posting NextView licensed imagery and imagery derived products in the public domain without prior NGA review is not in compliance with the NextView License and may result in loss of access to imagery.

Therefore, as a commercial satellite imagery user from PGC, you must get approval from NGA to use commercial satellite imagery in the public domain, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic Journals (any access)
  • Posters and Presentations
  • Websites, Blogs, and Social Media
  • Any other format with public release

The approval process is outlined in the “Citation and Publication Approval” guide (second link below).

Detailed Information & Resources

PGC Acknowledgement Policy:

Citation and Publication Approval:

Imagery Usage Guidelines:

NGA NextView License:

Submission Form Template:

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