Updating National Policy on Commercial Remote Sensing

James Vedda, The Aerospace Corporation

The current U.S. commercial remote sensing policy was not designed to accommodate the number, the increasing capabilities, the diverse applications, and the expanding array of global operators of modern remote sensing satellite systems. A revised presidential directive could provide needed guidance on the government’s treatment of satellite imagery and related hardware, software, and value-added services marketed to commercial and foreign entities.

March 2017