Germany Announces Rules on Sale of Commercial High Resolution Imagery
The German government has put into place a two-step regulatory regime for commercial satellite imagery that subjects proposed sales of the most sensitive data to approval on a case-by-case basis, the German Aerospace Center, DLR, said Oct. 11.
The first step inolves ensuring a sale will not harm German security and foreign policy interests.
The second step is for especially detailed data, or data requested by customers of concern. In those situations, the new Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), must clear each sale.
On Oct. 8 it was announced that Germany’s TerraSAR-X radar Earth observation system would begin marketing 25-centimeter-resolution imagery. Officials state there are no hard rules about what resolution is "too low."