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 It is also available as an “unpublished notice” available for public inspection on the Federal Register website, with a note that it is scheduled for formal publication July 21.

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The 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station had a profound impact on nuclear power operators worldwide. The policy discussion on nuclear energy changed from the benefits of this clean energy technology to safety and security issues that, informed by decades of safe operation, had been largely resolved in the minds of the public. Within one week of the Fukushima accident, operators at U.S. reactors were reviewing systems and components to ensure that the designed features and measures could mitigate the effects of a seismic event, flood or complete loss of AC power. The U.S. nuclear industry has pooled resources to ensure the lessons from Japan are systematically gathered, analyzed and implemented. This process has already identified near-term enhancements that will add further to the margin of safety.

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The 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station had a profound impact on nuclear power operators worldwide. The policy discussion on nuclear energy changed from the benefits of this clean energy technology to safety and security issues that, informed by decades of safe operation, had been largely resolved in the minds of the public. Within one week of the Fukushima accident, operators at U.S. reactors were reviewing systems and components to ensure that the designed features and measures could mitigate the effects of a seismic event, flood or complete loss of AC power. The U.S. nuclear industry has pooled resources to ensure the lessons from Japan are systematically gathered, analyzed and implemented. This process has already identified near-term enhancements that will add further to the margin of safety.

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Samsara | September 13, 2021

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Citadel Defense | September 02, 2020

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Viasat | October 21, 2021

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