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Resource ID: #15391
Subject: Technology
Source: Technology Review
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Date: March/April 1999

Description

Technology Review reports high-resolution satellite images are about the flood the marketplace. They could be good for business, but what will they do for terrorists? The classified "spook's" monopoly over high-quality satellite imagery is over. In the next few months and years a gaggle of companies around the world plan to launch high-resolution imagery satellites, some capable of achieving resolutions fine enough to detect objects less than a meter across - which used to be state of the art for the intelligence community. According to projections by some industry analysts, sales of this new commodity, along with value-added services, could reach half a billion dollars within a few years. There are plenty of beneficial uses for this information. But what about the dark side, where people like Saddam Hussein might have access to the same information?

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