PLAN offers optical satellites imagery that meets the needs of Geographic Information Systems in mapping, defense, agriculture, cadastral and urban planning, telecommunications, environment studies and disaster management and mitigation.
The most formidable advantage of satellites over other forms of imagery is their ability to continuously and legally monitor activities anywhere in the world. Satellites can monitor areas that cannot be flown over, as well as be used as detection tools. The satellite can image everywhere, without political or operational limitations, and without endangering collection capabilities or operations. The operation is quiet, covert and legal. It is possible today to acquire exclusivity for high-resolution satellite operation over a specific, extensive area, ensuring economical and completely confidential access to critical information.
The French Airbus and US DigitalGlobe satellite systems are the world-leading providers of geospatial information solutions, and are some of the very few truly operational commercial programs providing broad area coverage. They provide imagery used as input for projects in cartography, defense, geology, agriculture, natural resources, and more.
In recent times, just as continuing advances in microprocessors have dramatically improved the performance of consumer electronics products, so has the incorporation of commercial ‘off-the-shelf’ electronics into satellites resulted in a significant increase in their remote sensing capabilities while dramatically lowering their cost.
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Satellite Imagery users and decision-makers must prepare to take advantage of a rapidly growing number of Earth Imaging satellites constellations and make the most of the surge in data available to them. The large number of small satellites constellations expected to launch in the near future will force users to rethink how and when they buy satellite imagery
The challenges of making full use of that data are daunting. The typical user cannot afford or needs to store it all, and so he will turn to an ‘imagery as a service’ model and buy only what he needs when he needs it. This will be less about the images and more about the derived information or analytics.
The new satellite operators do not necessarily offer quite a very high resolution imagery quality, but focus instead on frequent revisit times via larger constellations and even novel capabilities such as full-motion video. In addition, from a pure assured access point of view, the geospatial intelligence community has considered the use of small satellites as a way to increase the resilience of space-based capabilities.