May 19, 2003
White House Issues Directive on U.S.
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White House Issues Directive on U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing
Space Imaging's Public Relations Manager Gary Napier spoke with GISWeekly about the President's newly released White House policy titled
U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy. The Bush Administration's new directive, under interagency review for a year, was announced by the White House on May 13, 2003. The directive strengthens the government's long-term objective to commit to and establish domestic high-resolution satellite imagery companies as world industry leaders and states that it is in the national security interest to have a strong and competitive commercial remote sensing industry anchored on U.S. shores.
“It's a commitment from the highest level of government to back our industry,” said Napier. “Not many industries get this sort of commitment from the U.S. Government at this level.”
In a keynote address at a U.S. Government-sponsored conference on commercial remote sensing in Washington, D.C., Secretary of Commerce Don Evans said, "The remote sensing industry is poised for great market penetration. At our department, we recognize the promise of the remote sensing industry." During Operation Iraqi Freedom the industry "provided timely and accurate information," said Secretary Evans.
involved. They will
all come up with an implementation proposal demonstrating how they're going to increase their use of remote sensing imagery and data.
"This is a forward-looking policy that confirms the government's long-term commitment to the high-resolution commercial satellite industry," said Robert Dalal, CEO of Space Imaging. This new directive replaces Presidential Decision Directive 23 signed by President Clinton in March 1994 and supports the U.S. in maintaining a competitive commercial high-resolution satellite business in the worldwide market. Within the same year of that signing, Lockheed Martin spun out Space Imaging as a company and got other investors such as Raytheon and Mitsubishi to come on board.
The policy states: “The fundamental goal of this policy is to advance and protect U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by maintaining the nation's leadership in remote sensing activities and by sustaining and enhancing the U.S. remote sensing industry."
and getting over capacity, the
government can depend on commercial companies for additional capacity and they can increase their geospatial products substantially by using commercial imagery,” said Napier.
Now Space Imaging is teaming up with key investors Lockheed Martin and Raytheon as subcontractors so they can bid on Next View, NIMA's contract to invest in and assure the availability of high resolution from next generation U.S. commercial imaging satellites.
DigitalGlobe(TM) also responded to the news with excitement and applauded President Bush for announcing the directive. Herbert Satterlee, CEO and chairman of DigitalGlobe said, "By issuing this directive, the Bush Administration pushes the technology envelope by encouraging all agencies to look to private remote sensing companies for their imaging requirements. DigitalGlobe is very excited about the directive and we believe this will further solidify the commercial satellite imaging industry."
The policy is a positive step for commercial remote sensing providers, and if funding is made available, the industry could become very profitable in years to come.
May 13, 2003
New York Times, "
U.S. to Rely More on Private Companies' Satellite Images," Eric Lichtblau; President Bush is ordering federal agencies to rely much more heavily on private satellite companies to provide images from space (article)
May 13, 2003
USA Today, "
Limits on Commercial Spy Satellites to Ease," Dan Vergano; story on new White House Commercial Remote Sensing Policy (article)
May 12, 2003
United Press International, "
New Policy Will Help Space Photo Companies," Frank Sietzen, UPI Science News; a new space policy that makes commercial high-resolution space photography the primary source for government users, supplanting space photos taken by government satellites (article)
GeoSpatial World Preview
GeoSpatial World 2003, Intergraph's International Training and Management Conference for the GeoSpatial Users Community, will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, May 19-21, in the heart of downtown and close to the French Quarter. All keynote addresses, general and technical sessions will be held in the Hyatt.
Notable about Intergraph is that the company has in the past year made some significant changes to expand the organization to fill out the industry sector, “Intergraph Mapping and GeoSpatial Solutions.” Under this umbrella are geospatial resource management, land information management, geospatial intelligence, geospatial data management and cartography, commercial remote sensing and photogrammetry solutions. The acquisition of Z/I Imaging and new Utilities and Communications solutions round out the suite of solutions.
Keynotes will be presented by Preetha Pulusani, President of Intergraph Mapping and GeoSpatial Solutions, Terence Keating, Executive Vice President Intergraph Mapping and GeoSpatial Solutions, and Arthur L. Spencer, Jr. Executive Vice President Intergraph Utilities and Communications, and a representative from NIMA.
Technical sessions will be offered in the following categories: education, foundations, applications development, local/regional government solutions, military and intelligence solutions, national government solutions, transportation industry solutions, utilities and communications solutions. Developers' courses will also be offered on GeoMedia Customization.
* A Friendly Man Machine to Aid the Visualization of GPS-Guided Trajectories of a Semi-autonomous Tractor-detailing a project for making it safe to spray citrus and olive fields by using semi-autonomous navigation tractors.
*Making Your Way Through Live Events (Wired and Wireless Event Information Portal) -a presentation describing the concept of a prototyping initiative between Intergraph Germany and the Austrian Research Studio iSpace to set up an information portal for major events.
*Jefferson Parish Site Tour - The GIS department at Jefferson Parish uses GeoMedia Professional and GeoMedia WebMap for their internal and external communications. You will see GeoMedia Professional integrating data from disparate departments on this tour.
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