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Homeland Security, Defense, and Intelligence

Homeland Security, Defense, and Intelligence

Since the beginning of the Space Race, defense considerations have been an important part of space activities. National security space assets provide tactical and strategic intelligence services, navigation data and precision guidance for munitions, secure communications, and monitoring of foreign weapons testing and missile launches.


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Year: 2016
Country: Syria, United States
Positioning, navigation, and timing satellite technology combine with flying drones in a plan to save Syrian citizens against disease and starvation.
Year: 2016
Satellites provide archaeologists a different way to monitor looting activities at ancient sites.
Year: 2016
Possible atrocities once only seen by government agencies are now in the public view.
Year: 2014
Imagery intelligence is becoming more available to the public, as services such as Allsource Analysis gained attention in the news. In October 2014, the Longmont, Colorado, company wrote a comprehensive summary in which it identified a new kind of North Korean submarine in port during its...
Year: 2014
Imagery and communications satellites were both used in search and rescue efforts for the Malaysian Airlines MH370 passenger airplane. Imagery of the search areas was provided on sites such as Tomnod in hopes that crowdsourcing imagery analysis would help in locating evidence of where the airplane...
Year: 2013
The search for potentially hazardous NEOs has increased since the incident at Chelyabinsk, and in June 2013, the 10,000th NEO was detected. NASA reactivated the WISE telescope in September to find new NEOs, aiming to discover 150 such objects by the end of the spacecraft’s life cycle.
Year: 2013
Country: Russia
A meteor explosion over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February brought the danger of near Earth asteroids to the forefront of planetary defense. The asteroid was undetected until it entered Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in 1,200 people injured and millions of dollars in damages after...
Year: 2013
Country: France
National security has been a primary focus of government space activities for as long as the ability to build and operate satellites and other spacecraft has existed. Satellites can be used to generate detailed reconnaissance imagery and support communications with troops as they travel to...
Year: 2013
Country: United Kingdom
Ships are required to transmit information regarding their location through the Automatic Identification System (AIS), but this data can be falsified and the requirement is not universally enforced. Supplementing AIS data with visual satellite imagery can help security and...
Year: 2012
Country: Afghanistan, Russia
Russia is working to use remote sensing data from satellites to identify narcotic plants as they are being cultivated. Researchers hope to distinguish between particular plant species by subtle differences in the way they reflect light.

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