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Military Use of Commercial Observation Services

Perhaps more so than any other satellite service capability, remote sensing epitomizes the rapid commercialization of previously tightly held government national security technology, allowing national security organizations around the world to buy commercial services rather than simply designing their own capabilities. Many of the world leading companies are based in the United States which provides an advantage to the U.S. and its allies.

As of late, U.S. national security elements have been leveraging more of these commercial remote sensing ventures. Maxar, Planet, and BlackSky have contracts in place for their data with intelligence agencies. About 270 of the 620 remote sensing satellites in orbit are privately-owned with about 200 of these owned by U.S. companies. In contrast, about 50 are owned. by the U.S. military or intelligence agencies

Date: February 11, 2021 Time: 10:45 am - 11:30 am Dr. Josef Koller
Systems Director

The Aerospace Corporation
Tony Frazier
EVP, Global Field Operations

Maxar Technologies
Dr. Daeil Kim

Rich Leshner
Executive Vice President of Operations

Planet Federal
John Serafini

HawkEye 360