Remote sensing satellites today are a major data source for both civilian and military intelligence gathering, capable of providing global coverage, on a daily basis, without a need to face local or international political sovereignty issues. As a tool originally designed to provide strategic intelligence and reconnaissance capability, traditional remote sensing satellites suffer however from relative low agility and responsiveness for swift tactical imagery collection requests.
In most cases this limitation is caused by both satellite and ground segment concepts of operation and not necessarily due to technology shortcomings. In this paper, we describe a modern satellite tasking approach, called ‘Snap Tasking’, developed in order to provide superior near-real time satellite tasking capability.
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