[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] With the number of Earth observation (EO) satellites planned on the rise, the planet is nearing a point of regular photographic coverage. A powerful application for such imagery is in disaster planning and relief efforts. However, David Hodgson, Managing Director and CEO of DMC International Imaging (DMCii), the company that manages the Disaster Monitoring Constellation for the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters, says that governments and the industry in general ought not get comfortable yet.
“We still need more assets in orbit to really be able to relax and not have to worry about data being available when we need it,” Hodgson told Via Satellite. “For the time being, and I would say for at least the next five years, we are going to have to still be working in a mode where things are going to have to be pre-planned.”