The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has started to explore methods for NGA to utilize satellite data from multiple commercial providers, Aviation Week reported Monday.
Amy Butler writes NGA Director Robert Cardillo said the agency seeks to take advantage of the influx of small satellite and aerial imagery sources by partnering with industry.
“I am less interested in product,” Cardillo told Aviation Week in an interview.
“I’d be much more interested in the data flow. What I’d like to do is commingle their data with my data,” he added, according to the magazine.
Small satellite technology could help U.S. defense and intelligence agencies to monitor specific targets of interest, Butler writes.
Cardillo, a Wash100 winner, also told the publication that NGA also looks to utilize satellite platforms that can offer human geography datasets as well as hyperspectral images.