2021 White Paper

Commercial Space-Based Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Australia's National Security

This document represents Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd’s inaugural White Paper. Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd (GI) was founded in Canberra in 2002 and has since built the highest concentration of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) talent in a wholly Australian owned and operated company, and formed strong links with the Department of Defence and the National Intelligence Community. We have relationships with many of the world’s leading commercial Earth observation satellite providers and have developed our own artificial intelligence and machine learning intellectual property that allows us to transform Earth observation, geospatial and open-source data, into meaningful, valuable intelligence.

Since 2002 the commercial space-based Earth observation market has become more sophisticated and competitive, the Australian space industry has expanded, and the strategic environment in the Indo-Pacific has become more complex. As a leading non-government GEOINT organisation in Australia, with strong partnerships with government and private industry globally, we believe that we are well-placed to provide thought leadership on this developing landscape.

White Papers provide an excellent avenue to share our ideas on emerging issues with our peers; so to complement our internet and social media presence, we are now also committing our thoughts to such documents. The aim of our White Papers is to produce documents of substance which will apprise time-poor readers – whether in government or industry – of complex geospatial intelligence related issues and problems – and provide a view on possible solutions to the issues identified. These potential solutions may be drawn from a range of sources including our own experience and ideas, the experience and ideas of published leading-edge thinkers, and other industry experts (including from defence, government, intelligence, and academic backgrounds).

The examples given in this White Paper are intended only to provide examples of what is possible from a commercial company like Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd and its associates, with their available products and service offerings.

I commend our first White Paper to you.

Robert Coorey
Chief Executive Officer
Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd

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