The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has emerged as the government-wide manager of a new service, providing commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images from spacecraft. But despite all of the resources and ingenuity the U.S. government and industry have put into space, not a single American company is alone capable of providing this service. The agency’s December award of three contracts has propelled the U.S. government into a new era as a customer of ...

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