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APPENDIX C Commercial Space-based Sensors
Pages 119-127

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From page 119...
... Integrating National and commercial assets could in addition allow National assets to be designed for capabilities uniquely required by National security interests and allow more resources to be available for technology development. In the future, it will be possible to take advantage of commercial remote sensing systems and thereby provide a more robust capability for the forces of the future.
From page 120...
... Information available from commercial remote sensing systems can contribute to supporting each of these areas. Remote sensing data will allow the Navy to intelligently understand the potential for forward presence and to reduce vulnerability by making use of information-rich, timely data available directly to these forces.
From page 121...
... The more accurate the system, the greater its capability to produce precision maps at a reasonable cost. Maps are an important segment of the remote sensing market.
From page 122...
... The competitive position of commercial satellite systems providers in both the map and interpretive product markets will be affected by the following variables: · The levels of accuracy that will satisfy large portions of the market for maps; · The image quality, information content, and timeliness of availability of the interpretive products provided by existing and announced competitors; · The capability for providing unique products such as those that combine the accuracy and resolution of 1-meter panchromatic images with the information content of multispectral images; and · A level of technology and performance that contributes to broad market appeal, thus enabling a company to meet or beat the prices of other providers of space-based sensing systems for most products. Capabilities of Announced Space-based Sensing Systems Table C
From page 123...
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From page 124...
... These features range from attributes such as size, shape, and relative location, which are visually identifiable in panchromatic and multispectral imagery, to more complex information such as crop health, vegetation density, mineral distribution, chemical composition, or water turbidity. The value of interpretive products lies mainly in the extent to which the image or image data can be interpreted to extract information.
From page 125...
... Capabilities for port monitoring and some directed shipping lane surveillance are available. With additional imaging resources, using commercial imaging for events that require situation assessment and mission planning, rather than redirecting National assets, might help in overcoming some of the resource limitations and consequent prioritization that have kept the military from having some of its remote sensing requirements fulfilled.
From page 126...
... specifically the blue and the near-infrared, should enable an added level of area evaluation and target detection and identification capability that is not possible with standard 1-meter or better panchromatic images. Combining the spectral data of the four separate bands with the increased spatial resolution of the panchromatic band should yield a greater ability to detect objects in the water and
From page 127...
... When these capabilities are combined with near-real-time tasking and data receipt capabilities, the DOD is a transportable ground terminal away from having access to a high-resolution imaging system directly in the field or aboard a ship. This capability would provide long-sought-after information timeliness to the warfighter.


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