US: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has released its commercial geospatial intelligence strategy for acquisition and better use of unclassified information. According to Robert Cardillo, Director, NGA, the new strategy will focus on harnessing advances in the private sector. Innovators in industry are developing remarkable capabilities and services that will offer a wealth of unclassified data sources and new opportunities, added Cardillo. With the release of the new strategy, it is also believed that the agency could request funding to begin experimenting with the different imagery products becoming available from a new generation of commercial satellite operators and data analytics firms.
According to a strategy document, the agency is contemplating entering into a variety of contracting schemes with the newcomers, many funded by Silicon Valley venture capital. Some of these companies have already begun launching imaging constellations of unprecedented size.
Source: Space news