On Monday, an Israeli space official raised the alarm concerning a step taken by the United States of allowing commercial satellite operators to take sharper imaging of the country. Such news had been declared as a threat to the security of the country.
Talking to Kan Public Broadcast, Amnon Harari, the Chief of the Defense Ministry’s Space Program, stated that U.S officials carried the change of space policy without consulting the Israeli authorities. He added that the country would instead be photographed at the least resolution with unclear vision than sharp.
According to a 1997 U.S policy (Kyl-Bingaman Amendment), satellite pictures from Israeli and Palestinian regions have to be restrained. The U.S uses such images for their commercial purposes, for instance, Google Earth, to objects that are over two meters across.
According to the amendment, there is the restraining of Ground Sample Distance, meaning that one pixel (dot used to make a whole image) stands for four square meters on the ground. Objects measuring less than two meters across are lost in the last picture. Therefore, the smaller the GSD, the clear the image.
In a statement released on 25 June by the U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office, the limit of the resolution will be increased to 0.4 meters. In the judgment, one pixel stands for 0.16 square meters. The faculty told Reuters that ‘some of the foreign ‘ has commenced on production and provision of new Israeli pictures, which have sub-two-meter resolution.
For recent years, many images providing organizations that are not from the U.S have been producing images with higher resolutions.
According to Harari, he believed that the organization uplifted the restraining to enable the U.S. satellite to become more competitive.
Harari added that the country has begun to examine what exactly was put down, the main list and what they can respond to the writings.
The planet, one of the providers, told Reuters that when the rule goes into effect, the team will follow the guidelines that will help them produce images with higher resolutions in the region.
The main worry that is giving Israeli sleepless nights is the Hezbollah, Lebanese terrorist group, and Palestinian terrorist groups. Such deadly groups might use advanced ages from satellites and plan to attack civilian and military regions.
To be on the safer side, Israeli launched a spy booster by the name Ofek-16. The spy booster was launched into space on Monday by use of Shavit launch vehicle from Palmachin airbase.
Israeli is among the few countries in the world working on reconnaissance boosters, which provides them with maximized surveillance abilities.