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Moscow (RIA Novosti) May 15, 2012
A Moscow court upheld a ban on Friday prohibiting the Russian research and development company ScanEx from distributing satellite images of Earth at a resolution higher than two meters.
Scanex works under license from the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, to collect, process and disseminate Earth remote sensing data.
A 2008 ban prohibited ScanEx from distributing high-resolution images, considered by the defense ministry to contain sensitive military information.
ScanEx appealed the ban, citing the Russian defense minister as saying in 2006 that all restrictions on satellite imagery resolution would be lifted.
Commenting after the court decision was announced, a ScanEx spokesman said the company would file another appeal.
"The whole world can see Russia from space on detailed satellite images, but in Russia these data have not been definitively declassified," the spokesman said.
Last November Roscosmos announced that it was preparing a bill to lift all restrictions on the dissemination of civil satellite data.
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China launches new remote-sensing satellite
Taiyuan, China (XNA) May 14, 2012
China successfully launched the remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XIIII Thursday from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi, according to a press release from the center. The satellite was carried into space aboard a Long March 4B carrier rocket which blasted off at 3:06 p.m. Beijing time, according to the center. The satellite will be used to conduct scien ... read more
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