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The changing US commercial remote sensing industry

According to an article in yesterday’s Rocky Mountain News, 2006 is going to be a year of change for the US commercial remote sensing imagery, as new high-resolution satellite are launched to meet the needs of both government and, increasingly, private customers. In addition, Orbimage’s $58.5 million purchase of Space Imaging, Inc. may have an impact on competitors such as DigitalGlobe, which is also restructuring. One interesting point in the article is that both companies are now relying on leaders who are trained in business, instead of people trained in aerospace-related fields as in the past.