GBDX – develop new solutions using the
Digital Globe archive

Opportunity Code:


Closing Date:

2 June 2017

Opportunity Overview:

The Satellite Applications Catapult has collaborated with DigitalGlobe to provide SMEs with developer access to DigitalGlobe’s cloud-based platform ‘GBDX’ at much reduced cost for a time-limited period. This is a special opportunity to run and test algorithms against DigitalGlobe’s online imagery archive, with the added ability to host your own or third party data, in the development of new EO information services.

GBDX features

GBDX is accessible via an API that allows users to extract information from large amounts of satellite imagery, rapidly and at scale. Further details of GBDX can be found on the website of DigitalGlobe:

GBDX features


  • 90+ PB of high resolution imagery (30 – 80 cm)
  • 3rd party data (Landsat)
  • Bring your own data (other imagery, radar, DEM…)


  • DigitalGlobe’s toolbox of basic algorithms (orthorectification, atmospheric compensation, pansharpening… see more here: > Certified Tasks)
  • Bring your own algorithms (using Docker). Keep them private or let others use them for a fee
  • ENVI tools

Subscribers will receive:

Access to GBDX Content through the Catapult’s Developer Licence:

  • 8 GB DigitalGlobe data access
  • 33 GB additional storage for your data & 3rd party data
  • 2 GB download rights
  • 1 Day support from Catapult
  • 90 Days to use Derivative Works for customer evaluation and feedback.

Cost & ‘use by’ date

  • The cost per subscriber is £2,200 (excl. VAT). A developer licence with DigitalGlobe would normally be charged at $30,000. A subscriber’s data allowance may be increased by purchasing more than one subscription.
  • The subscription will terminate on 2 June 2017 unless renewed by agreement between DigitalGlobe and the Satellite Applications Catapult. Parties wishing to subscribe are therefore encouraged to do so early to maximise the benefit of low-cost access to GBDX.

Contact Information

If you’d like to discuss this opportunity, or have any questions, please contact

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