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The origins of news gathering from space
« on: 01/06/2014 03:54 pm »

Shooting the news from low Earth orbit
An interview with Mark E. Brender, Executive Director of the DigitalGlobe Foundation

by Dwayne Day
Monday, January 6, 2014

Mark Brender is one of the pioneers in the use of satellite imaging for news gathering. The first reconnaissance satellites entered service in the early 1960s, but they were highly classified and their imagery was only available to government officials and the intelligence and military communities. The United States developed a civilian remote sensing satellite named Landsat, but its images were deliberately restricted to much lower resolution (the size of objects that could be spotted on the ground) than the classified satellites. By the mid-1980s, however, better resolution imagery was becoming available to civilians, and Brender was one of the first people to spot the opportunities that this imagery presented for news gathering.

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Re: The origins of news gathering from space
« Reply #1 on: 01/07/2014 10:35 pm »
Nice interesting piece, DD. 

Very informative about a market and industry I know little about.