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Modern air forces are fielding high-resolution, digital, electro-optical recce pods to collect intelligence and support of combat at war and in peacetime, when recce aerial assets are used ability to monitor the country's borders and surrounding sea areas for activities such as smuggling, illegal immigration, and terrorist activities. Two announcements from Recon Optical and BAE Systems reflect the progress in this field, as air forces are moving from aging wet-film based systems to new, digital systems offering advanced, real-time advantages. (More...)

BAE Systems Deliver Airborne Reconnaissance System in Oman

BAE Systems delivered long-range, electro-optical reconnaissance systems to equip F-16 aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO). The commissioning marks the first fielding and sale of BAE Systems’ Airborne Reconnaissance System (ARS) camera. ARS can take pictures day or night at fighter-plane speeds and altitudes from 3,000 to 40,000 feet and at ranges up to 60 miles. BAE Systems claims to have the largest focal length currently available for tactical reconnaissance missions. ARS digitally records imagery in the visible and infrared light spectra. The system contains adaptable optics, allowing the collection of imagery in dual fields of view and allowing the sensor to operate with high- and medium-altitude functionality. During all operational modes, recorded imagery is displayed on the aircraft’s multi-function display.

Recon Optical Gets Thai Contract for Dual Spectral Band Reconne Systems

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is buying CA-295 recce pods from Recon Optical. These pods are designed for high-altitude missions, using a dual spectral band digital reconnaissance camera. The CA-295 digital reconnaissance system is based upon Recon Optical's patented framing technology operating simultaneously in both the visible and infrared spectral bands. This technology supports imagery capture during high-speed tactical maneuvers by a framing format. The RTAF has been using Recon Optical recce systems for the past 30 years.

WorldView-1 Imaging Satellite Announced Operational

DigitalGlobe announced that as of November 17, 2007 it achieved full operating capability and completion of the commissioning phase of its latest imaging satellite WorldView-1. The spacecraft began delivering imagery to the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as part of the NextView program. WorldView-1 imagery will be available for customers by January, 2008.

WorldView-1 is part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) NextView program, and was partially financed through an agreement with the NGA. The majority of the imagery captured by WorldView-1 for the NGA will also be available for distribution through DigitalGlobe's ImageLibrary. Additionally, WorldView-1 frees capacity on DigitalGlobe's QuickBird satellite to meet the growing commercial demand for multi-spectral geospatial imagery. The new satellite is the first of two new next-generation satellites DigitalGlobe plans to launch in the near term. In late 2008, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. and ITT Corporation will complete WorldView-2, bringing the total number of satellites DigitalGlobe has in orbit to three. WorldView-2 will provide eight bands of multi-spectral for life-like true color imagery and greater spectral applications in the mapping and monitoring markets.

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