US: DigitalGlobe has expressed its support for the Commercial Remote Sensing Act of 2015, introduced in the US House of Representatives on May 12 by Reps. Jim Bridenstine and Ed Perlmutter. The Commercial Remote Sensing Act of 2015 is said to be an important step toward necessary regulatory reform that will encourage growth in the US commercial remote sensing industry, ensuring that the United States remains the world leader in this sector. According to the company’s press release, the bill will provide for the collection of metrics around the US Department of Commerce’s regulatory workload and inform Congress about the Department’s ability to meet statutory deadlines for adjudicating license applications. Further, the bill mandates a report on statutory updates necessary to protect national security, protect the US industrial base, and reflect the current state of the art in remote sensing systems, instruments, and technologies.
“Updates to US commercial remote sensing regulations and oversight are necessary to keep pace with the accelerating technological innovation that is spurring growth in our domestic industry,” said Dr. Walter Scott, Executive Vice President, DigitalGlobe.