Both the US and China won the ‘gold medal’ in 3 categories each: while the US won titles of ‘Best pan resolution’, ‘Best shortwave infrared (SWIR)’ and ‘Best SAR resolution’, Chinese companies won titles as ‘Best electro-optical persistence’, ‘Best video’ as well as ‘Best hyperspectral imaging (HSI) (20+ bands)’. As reported in an article by Breaking Defense, Dave Gautier, director of NGA’s Commercial and Business Operations Group, noted that:
“One of the other things that was surprising to us is just how fast China is proliferating their orbiting EO constellations…. Most people were not really paying attention that this had happened.”
Chinese companies are moving fast indeed, and not just in the field of remote sensing!