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Digital Globe
Type Subsidiary of public company (Stewart Title)
Founded Walnut Creek, California (1999)
Headquarters Walnut Creek, California, USA
Key people Rob Shanks, Co-founder/President
Paul Smith, Co-founder/COO
Majid Azad, CFO
Industry Websites
Aerial Photography
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Products ImageAtlas

GlobeXplorer(Now Digital Globe) is an online spatial data company that compiles and distributes aerial photos, satellite imagery, and map data from their online spatial archives. Based in Walnut Creek, CA, Digital Globe has been credited as the first company to establish a business around compiling and distributing online aerial and satellite imagery. Digital Globe owns the aerial photography firm AirPhotoUSA.


Digital Globe’s primary products are its ImageAtlas viewer and ImageBuilder web developer toolkit. They also provide ImageConnect extensions and web services for GIS and CAD.


GlobeXplorer was founded in 1999 by Rob Shanks and Paul Smith (former executives at HJW GeoSpatial, Inc.) through partnerships with Sun Microsystems and NASA. In 2005, GlobeXplorer acquired AirPhotoUSA, one of the nation’s leading providers of aerial imagery. Previous owner Stewart Title (STC) sold the company to Digital Globe in early January 2007.

Prominent Customers

In addition to its own website, Digital Globe's imagery and property data can be found on,, National Geographic,, and the Germany-based, as well as inside various professional real estate services like CoStar, eNeighborhoods, and Rappatoni MLS.

Partner Relationships

Digital Globe obtains its content through online distribution relationships with about 30 of the world’s top acquirers of aerial, satellite, and property data.

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