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Category: Hybrid & Emerging Applications (X)
The recent launch of a Japanese radar satellite (IGS-5) on an H-2A rocket is the latest indication that seeing through clouds at any time of the day is a continuing trend.
Initially devised to counter the testing by North Korea of missiles flying over its territory in 1998, the IGS-5 was the 9th military reconnaissance satellite that Japan has launched to date and the third synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite launched in the past 4 years. The satellites, coupled with other optical…
New Pockets of Cash
LEO satellites have seen at least four separate ventures announced, and surely many more filings made, over the past two years. In an industry that is always at the “cusp” of something and perpetually ripe for a “paradigm shift” NSR has adopted a cautiously optimistic stand to LEO constellations. This time around, the entry of Elon Musk and Richard Branson as heavyweights contending each other for a piece of the global broadband pie, has prompted a new wave of…
As the New Year brings a whole set of expectations, one of the key measurements will be the expectation that commercially-available very high resolution imagery will help EO users ‘see more’. And more nations are likely to assess this new type of satellite imagery to lower their limits on what users can see.
For the foreseeable future, the very high resolution market is likely be ‘reserved’ for the NGA under the EnhancedView contract and perhaps other U.S. Government agencies. But down…