France: Thales Alenia Space (TAS) has asked the French government to ease restrictions on the commercial sale of imagery. CEO Jean-Loic Galle made the revelation at the World Satellite Business Week conference organised by Euroconsult in Paris.
An informal agreement between France and the United States sets a 50-centimetre ground sampling distance as the threshold between what can be sold openly on the commercial market and what is subject to special procedures reserved for allies. Recently, DigitalGlobe had asked the US government to relax the regulations. Now, TAS has asked the French government to ease restrictions on the commercial sale of imagery with a resolution sharper than 50 centimetres. Galle said he has had “discussions with all the relevant ministries in France. They understand clearly that customer requirements are changing quickly — which is good news for TAS.”