Remote success

2019-03-04 08:01:00

CARTOGRAPHERS in the Soviet Union provided 1000 customers in the USSR last year with 1 million satellite photographs of the surface of the Earth. This is many more than the number of photographs sold by the Landsat system in the US or France’s SPOT satellite. Yuri Kienko, the director of the Priroda (Russian for ‘nature’) Institute in Moscow, quoted the figures during a trip to Washington DC last week. Kienko was visiting ContiTrade, a subsidiary of the Continental Grain company, which is trying to sell Soviet space photographs to Americans. The key to the Soviet success, said Kienko, was an ambitious effort early on to teach industrialists and academics how to interpret and exploit images collected from space. A decade ago,