U.S. Space-Based Remote Sensing: Challenges and Prospects,
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U.S. space-based remote sensing programs and activities are facing a number of critical junctures in the coming decade. The U.S. government will have some critical decisions about its own requirements for exploiting remote sensing capabilities for environmental, meteorological, and national security uses, balanced against limited and decreasing budgets for those activities. Furthermore, there are ongoing debates within the Administration, in the Congress, and by the American public over the extent of the role government should play in fostering the commercial remote sensing sector. The explosion in geographical information system technologies for enhancing raw remote sensing data is also encouraging the development of a commercial market. These trends and others, such as expanding international capabilities, have combined to produce a dynamic remote sensing arena-an arena requiring a balanced approach to resource allocation and long-range planning. This Note presents a survey of remote sensing policy issues for the 1990s, with the purpose of assisting in the development of a future space-related RAND research agenda.
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