The media said the U.S. recent purchase of the precise satellite images of the South China Sea
data for:” Big Bird “(BigBird), KH-9 spy satellite
the U.S. to increase the order spy satellite images
World Times reporter Wei Lai】 the warming of the Syrian situation in the U.S. market two of the largest commercial satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe and GeoEye recently merged into the U.S. military and spy agencies, the only commercial satellite imagery provider. According to informed sources revealed to the “Global Times” reporter, U.S. defense spending to cut the Pentagon, CIA and other agencies on the needs of the commercial spy satellite images has significantly increased. In recent weeks, these institutions on the Syrian situation in the South China Sea region accurate satellite images to track orders soared.
part of the Pentagon, the U.S. National Geospatial Information Intelligence Agency (NGA), DigitalGlobe and GeoEye’s customers. Recently, there are rumors that the Pentagon intend to use only a commercial satellite imagery company to provide “special information collection and analysis and processing services to the government, which led directly to the merger of two industry giants. A source revealed to the “Global Times” reporter, Syria tensions, the demand for satellite images of U.S. military and intelligence agencies in this regard “predictably increased significantly”. Satellite imagery is also increasing demand on the South China Sea. However, the specific content of a “top secret”, can not reveal.
It is reported that, at present, DigitalGlobe operates three can provide high-precision satellite tracking images satellite. Were launched in 2001, “Quick Bird”, World Vision launched in 2007, “World Vision” and launched in 2009 on the 2nd. The “World Vision” military giant Boeing, accurate resolution of 0.46 meters, multi-dimensional spectrum of 1.85 m, the orbit 770 kilometers above the ground, a circle around the earth will last for about 26.4 hours, can provide one million square km area of ??the 8-band image collection and image tracking consulting services. The GeoEye there two satellites were launched in 1999, the resolution of 1 meter of Ikonos and was launched in 2008, accurate resolution of 0.5 meters “geo-eyes on the 1st, and military giant Lockheed Martin is the third company produced The teeth function more powerful spy satellite “edge of the eye”, is expected to launch in early 2013. ▲