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2016 – Meteorology – Snapshot

For all of the importance placed on meteorological satellites, they made up a very small part of the 116 Earth observation/remote sensing satellites placed in Earth’s orbit during 2016. With…

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2016 – Surface Imaging – Snapshot

The majority of Earth observation satellites launched in 2016 were small. Only 12 of the 116 Earth observation satellites had a launch mass of 1000 kilograms (2205 pounds) or more.…

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2005 – Military Reconnaissance

The DoD and national security agencies could also use a variety of Earth observation satellites, like Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) under development, Fast On-orbit Recording of Transient Events (FORTÉ),…

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2007 – Military Reconnaissance

AGI designates remote sensing satellites as surveillance/military satellites. Exhibit 3p (below) provides the number of these satellites by country. AGI reports ## active U.S. surveillance/military satellites that it designates as…

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2007 – Land Imaging

Remote sensing satellites provide images of the Earth for civil, scientific, military, and intelligence applications using a number of different technologies. Remote sensing satellites provide images of the Earth for…

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