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Study shows alternatives for commercial sat imagery market

Washington, DC, US: Innovative Analytics and Training, LLC released an independent study on alternative futures for US commercial satellite imagery in 2020. The study was sponsored by the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), within the US Department of Commerce, posited three alternative futures for US commercial satellite imagery in 2020. The study was started in late 2010 and includes research conducted up to April 2011. The 2020 timeframe was chosen to reflect the dynamic changes in global thinking and global markets about this topic.
At the outset, the study provided detailed review of relevant US policy, legal and regulatory developments from the 1970’s to 2010. Following a discussion about current remote sensing technology developments, the study posited three alternative remote sensing futures in the 2020 timeframe, with an emphasis on high-resolution electro-optical firms like Digital Globe and GeoEye: 1) US Commercial Satellite Imagery is A Thriving Business; 2) A Slow Growth Business, Still a U.S. Government Appendage; 3) Failure as U.S. Government Funds Erode and Competition Grows.
Moreover, readers should note that by definition, none of these futures is ‘correct’ nor reflected a prediction or preference of any kind. Alternative futures methodologies were designed to identify plausible futures and their underlying factors and drivers, in such a way so that decision-makers could understand important directions on an issue, including those that merit a change in strategy in order to mitigate or avoid futures with negative outcomes or consequences.
The report concluded with a number of independent observations on the future role of the Department of Commerce and NOAA in the governance of space-based remote sensing. For both US and foreign remote sensing countries, space policy and regulation is becoming less relevant (but not irrelevant) to governance of remote sensing as the data is fused with other data sets and incorporated into a broader set of public and commercial applications.
Three appendices are included at the back of the report. The first highlights key areas of remote sensing policy and regulation and how they might be re-considered for the 2020 timeframe. The final two map European and Japanese approaches to remote sensing over the past decade. Here, the reader might take note in the comparative approaches, or the extent to which key US assumptions about foreign behaviour were correct, incorrect, or stimulated unintended consequences.
Source: www.innovative-analytics.com