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U.S. to rely on commercial satellites to image spacecraft in orbit


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U.S. to rely on commercial satellites to image spacecraft in orbit

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is interested in “commercial unclassified non-Earth imaging and associated analytics”

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Non-Earth image captured by a Maxar Intelligence satellite of the Boeing Starliner docked with the International Space Station. The image was collected on June 7, 2024, from a distance of 276 km. Credit: Maxar Intelligence

WASHINGTON — The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is turning to the commercial satellite imagery industry for help monitoring objects in Earth’s orbit. The agency on June 12 released a request for information seeking input from companies in the emerging non-Earth imagery (NEI) market.

NEI refers to imaging spacecraft, satellites, and space debris in orbit. It’s a relatively new market for commercial satellite operators, facilitated by regulatory reforms in 2022 that lifted long-standing restrictions on U.S. companies imaging and collecting detailed data on satellites in space.

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