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Narrative: This presentation reviews the evolution of capabilities delivered by electro-optical satellite imagery from the perspective of resolution, accuracy, speed of delivery and content. Each ‘era’ has had a profound impact on the value satellite imagery can have on a wide variety of user missions. With numerous examples from the US commercial satellite industry, the presentation will provide attendees with a good understanding of the many improvements since the launch of Ikonos in 1999 as well as a glimpse into the future of earth observation.
Versions of this presentation have been delivered to commercial and government audiences around the world as part of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) Electro-Optical Working Group.
Bio: As an independent consultant, Mr. Hild advises clients on geospatial strategies and geospatial education. While his focus is on the Defense and Intelligence sectors, Mr. Hild is currently serving an appointment to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee where he serves as an advisor on domestic geospatial policy. Mr. Hild also serves co-Chair of a United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Working Group where he organizes geospatial workshops around the world.
Prior to founding his consulting practice, Hild was a Vice President at DigitalGlobe serving as Chief Information Officer and as VP of Defense and Intelligence Strategy. Hild also spent 30 years at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where he held numerous senior executive positions including Deputy Director of Source Operations and NGA’s Assistant Chief Information Officer. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hild crafted NGA's Homeland Security mission, including major policy reviews and the development and implementation of geospatial data and tradecraft initiatives. Throughout his career, Hild supported major crisis actions as a cartographer and executive leader. He was also a principal in NGA International initiatives, crafting bi-lateral production and analysis strategies with many nations and by providing executive oversight during the creation and implementation of the Multinational Geospatial Co-Production Program (MGCP).
Hild is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Award and the Norwegian Defense Medal.
Key Words: Satellite imagery, commercial satellites, earth observation, USGIF