Washington, US: NASA and the US Department of the Interior presented the 2010 William T. Pecora group award to the US Air Force Eagle Vision programme. Eagle Vision was recognised for contributions in the United States and abroad to homeland security, humanitarian aid and natural disaster recovery efforts.
The programme consists of five ground stations capable of retrieving real-time satellite imagery from numerous commercial Earth-observing (EO) satellites to deliver time-critical precision images to support US global crisis response. The ground stations are deployable worldwide.
The award was presented to James G. Clark, Air Force director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Innovations and deputy chief of staff for ISR.
“Eagle Vision is a demonstration of how Earth observations from space support not only our soldiers and allies, but make a big contribution to our country’s humanitarian efforts at home and abroad,” NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati said. “One of NASA’s primary missions, according to our founding charter, is expanding human knowledge of the Earth. Eagle Vision is an example of the great achievements that can be realised in Earth science through inter-agency collaboration.”
The programme was created in 1995 in response to the post-Desert Storm need for timely, unclassified imagery the US military could share with our allies. Since then the programme has aided natural disaster relief and humanitarian efforts, including fighting wildfires in California and relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.