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International Earth remote sensing: overview 1980-2010
Author(s): David L. Glackin
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Paper Abstract

This paper summarizes the evolution of the field of space- based remote sensing of the Earth's environment (the atmosphere, oceans, and land surface) over the period from 1980-2000. It describes how we have reached the cusp of fundamental change in 2000, and it projects trends over the next decade. The scope of this paper is international. The work that forms the basis of this paper covers systems from Argentina to Ukraine. The field is evolving away from standalone governmental systems of high complexity and expense toward increasing use of small satellites, an increasingly commercial component, increasing spectral and spatial resolution, an increasing mix of lower-cost systems, and rapid international proliferation. As of three years ago, eight countries had built and flown free-flying Earth remote sensing satellite systems, and 11 countries were owners. Projections are for 25 countries to own (but not necessarily be able to build) such systems by three years from now. Following an inauspicious start to the field of high-resolution commercial remote sensing, the first commercial one-meter system is now operating, with many more slated to follow. History, status, trends, and over 25 potential commercial applications of remote sensing will be summarized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2000
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4130, Infrared Technology and Applications XXVI, (15 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.409851
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David L. Glackin, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4130:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXVI
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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