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

Products Included

  • Imagery: Raw or processed imagery with georeferencing information
  • Imagery Derived Products: Satellite maps, reduced resolution images, imagery screenshots
  • Derived Products: Non-imagery datasets or images such as line drawings, Digital Elevation Models, analysis results (e.g. NDVI, Land-Use Classification), GIS features extracted from imagery

If you are unsure if your “product” falls within the license, we urge you to contact us for further guidance.

Approval Process

You must contact PGC if you are to use imagery or imagery derived product in any of the formats above which will be in the public domain. PGC will then forward your objectives and imagery use to NGA for approval.

You must send this to PGC for review before your material is released in the public domain (print, online, presented). For academic publications, we recommend sending for approval when your manuscript is in review.

The review process, from submitting to PGC to approval, will normally take less than 24 hours.

1. Download and complete the Submission Form Template (Word document)

2. Email the completed submission form and pre-published material (draft manuscript, image, figure, caption, etc.) as attachments to with “Imagery for Public Release – Your Last Name” in the subject line.

3. PGC will forward to NGA for approval immediately.

4. PGC will notify you of approval, unless more information is needed.

Please note, the published material must still included the proper copyright and acknowledgements per the PGC Acknowledgement Policy.

Detailed Information & Resources

Imagery Usage Guidelines:

PGC Acknowledgement Policy:

NGA NextView License:

Submission Form Template:

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