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Satellite Remote Sensing: Light Detection And Ranging The Next Big Thing

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Washington DC (SPX) Mar 2, 2011
The power of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is rising to new heights as a satellite remote sensing tool used to collect topographic data. LiDAR is emerging as the next big thing - allowing users to build more accurate 3D models for a range of terrestrial needs.

LiDAR is among the topics highlighted in the Winter 2011 issue of the quarterly print and online publication - Imaging Notes magazine - devoted to Earth remote sensing for security, energy and the environment.

"LiDAR is one of the most rapidly growing segments in the geospatial industry," said Myrna James Yoo, publisher of Imaging Notes. "Utilities are using LiDAR data to map their powerlines and other assets. Similarly, LiDAR is being used to model the insides of buildings to centimeter accuracy. The possibilities and growth of LiDAR are incredible," she said.

Utility of space technologies

The just-issued Imaging Notes also carries an update on the worrisome trend in orbital debris, as well as captivating articles on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's increasing use of commercial satellites as a vital instrument in their program of global Earth observation.

In 2009, Secure World Foundation (SWF) established a partnership with Imaging Notes magazine, said Dr. Ray Williamson, SWF's Executive Director.

"A central focus of our Foundation centers on strengthening or developing the policies and institutions that improve the utility of space technologies in support of human and environmental security needs," Williamson said. "We are pleased to be a partner with Imaging Notes to help support our objectives."

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