Important License Update

As of June 15, 2022, Maxar Technologies transitioned from the NextView License to the Electro-Optical Commercial Layer (EOCL) License.

The EOCL license applies to Maxar commercial imagery and derived products (such as Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and Digital Surface Models (DSMs)) for use across US Government agencies, federal contractors and other entities supporting US Government interests. PGC also must adhere to the EOCL license. Commercial imagery and derived DEMs are subject to the US Government Plus End User License Agreement (EULA) as it relates to the EOCL license.

The same terms and usage guidelines for commercial imagery received under the previous license apply under EOCL. The most significant change restricts releases of DEMs/DSMs into the public domain without prior NGA approval.

Please read our frequently asked questions document for more information.


In July of 2023, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) announced an agreement with Maxar to establish an exception to EOCL for PGC’s ArcticDEM and Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA) projects. The agreement will provide continued public access to historical and new digital elevation models created using commercial imagery collected over the Arctic and Antarctic (except Alaska) through 2032. The 10-year extension ensures that researchers and stakeholders have access to the recent and relevant elevation data. Read press releases from the NSF here and the NGA  here.

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