U.S. Federal Government to Permit Sensing Companies Sale High-Resolution Commercial Satellite Images of Israel

U.S. commercial remote sensing | July 20, 2020

The federal government will soon allow U.S. commercial remote sensing companies to sell high-resolution satellite images of Israel, changing resolution limits that have been in place for more than two decades. In a draft of a Federal Register notice obtained by SpaceNews, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which hosts the office that licenses U.S. commercial remote sensing satellite systems, says it will reduce the resolution limit on satellite imagery of Israel from 2 meters to 0.4 meters. It is also available as an “unpublished notice” available for public inspection on the Federal Register website, with a note that it is scheduled for formal publication July 21.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today set in motion the development of a plan that will look at the County's transportation network and its impact on economic growth and quality of life over the next 25 years. "We can no longer continue to make one-off transportation investments. We need a coherent strategy. The County should invest in transportation as a way to foster economic development and create communities that are desirable places to live and work," Preckwinkle said. "With more than half of the metropolitan region's population, jobs and businesses, Cook County should be a leader in planning, prioritizing and aligning resources. We want to ensure Cook County's transportation investments are sensible, coordinated, and support growth." Called "Connecting Cook County," the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will be developed over the next 18 months. Cook County's last comprehensive transportation plan, now more than 70 years ago, identified the corridors for the today's Chicago-area expressway system. This LRTP is expected to set an agenda through 2040. Preckwinkle named a 17-member Advisory Committee composed of business leaders, along with representatives from civic groups, local governments, and economic development organizations, to give a broad voice to the various interests groups and their concerns. She also named a 15-member Program Committee of transportation professionals and specialists who will bring their specific areas of expertise to the table.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today set in motion the development of a plan that will look at the County's transportation network and its impact on economic growth and quality of life over the next 25 years. "We can no longer continue to make one-off transportation investments. We need a coherent strategy. The County should invest in transportation as a way to foster economic development and create communities that are desirable places to live and work," Preckwinkle said. "With more than half of the metropolitan region's population, jobs and businesses, Cook County should be a leader in planning, prioritizing and aligning resources. We want to ensure Cook County's transportation investments are sensible, coordinated, and support growth." Called "Connecting Cook County," the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will be developed over the next 18 months. Cook County's last comprehensive transportation plan, now more than 70 years ago, identified the corridors for the today's Chicago-area expressway system. This LRTP is expected to set an agenda through 2040. Preckwinkle named a 17-member Advisory Committee composed of business leaders, along with representatives from civic groups, local governments, and economic development organizations, to give a broad voice to the various interests groups and their concerns. She also named a 15-member Program Committee of transportation professionals and specialists who will bring their specific areas of expertise to the table.

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