New data sources from satellites could make it harder for criminals and lawbreakers to hide.

Accurate satellite imagery can provide a ‘smoking gun’ in investigating misbehavior and misbehavior. Our own research has proven the value of satellite data. Whether it’s images of crimes against humanity, environmental mismanagement, or hints that something might be wrong in further verification, visual intelligence can be an important way of presenting a body of responsibility.

This has been very useful for my own research. However, there is some news about traditional satellite data. Clouds are a big problem. If the timing is wrong, they may afford some of the attention and miss the action. Criminals can know this and, for example, try to make illegal sea migrations or illegally cut down forests in cloudless weather, when they are no longer hidden from the eyes of spying on satellite imagery.

The latest generation satellite ground tracking technology offers some solutions.

One of the companies that proposes an alternative to traditional visual remote sensing data is Hawk E360, which uses shaping flying satellite to generate a class of radio frequency (RF) data. Data from a space technology startup in the US state of Virginia provides a more comprehensive investigation of land-based disputes, fish fraud and IUU fishing activities, broken sea migration and a few examples. May be valuable for the name. He says it provides data to governments and private parties that use it in a variety of ways, including advocacy programs, wildlife conservation and marine use.

“We did a lot of work in the Galapagos, monitoring the activities of the Chinese fishing fleet,” said Adam Bennett, product marketing director of Hawk E360. They were coming from the Galapagos EEZ border (see below). it tried to provide better visibility and tracking of this large fleet.

They proved useful at sea by listening to satellites, specific RF signals emitted by ships via navigation radars and radio communications. It’s not just the cloud problem that these new techniques can solve. Ships that maliciously (or not) shut down the AIS tracking signal using RF – E&T reported as part of a previous study on this problem – may find it harder to hide for much longer.

Another company, Capella Space, a SpaceX customer was on board the Transporter-1, a SpaceX mission, the first of a series of SmallSat Rideshare missions launched in January. The San Francisco-based team publishes high-quality synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. SAR data are microwave data sent by an active sensor. It is emitted from an energy source from an observation platform such as a satellite. The data used for later analysis consists of the energy signal reflected back from the earth’s surface. Radar instrumentation and antenna determine the spatial resolution of the data.


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