As the Futurism story reports, the company, called 'Capella Space',has launched a platform allowing governmental or private customers to request images of anything in the world, with their capability only to get more powerful in 2021 as they deploy six more satellites into orbit.
The huge difference in Capella's satellites compared to ones launched previously is its ability to see straight through the clouds and use its frequencies to 'turn night into day', allowing unlimited nighttime viewing as if it were being done in the day. From the Futurism story.:
A few months ago, a company called Capella Space launched a satellite capable of taking clear radar images of anywhere in the world, with incredible resolution — even through the walls of some buildings. And unlike most of the huge array of surveillance and observational satellites orbiting the Earth, its satellite Capella 2 can snap a clear picture during night or day, rain or shine.
“It turns out that half of the world is in nighttime, and half of the world, on average, is cloudy,” CEO Payam Banazadeh, a former system engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told Futurism. “When you combine those two together, about 75 percent of Earth, at any given time, is going to be cloudy, nighttime, or it’s going to be both. It’s invisible to you, and that portion is moving around.”
On Wednesday, Capella launched a platform allowing governmental or private customers to request images of anything in the world — a capability that will only get more powerful with the deployment of six additional satellites next year.
Is that creepy from a privacy point of view? Sure. But Banazadeh says that it also plugs numerous holes in the ways scientists and government agencies are currently able to monitor the planet. “There’s a bunch of gaps in how we’re currently observing Earth from space — the majority of the sensors we use to observe earth are optical imaging sensors,” he said.
If it’s cloudy, you’re going to see the clouds, not what’s happening under the clouds. And if there’s not much light, you’re going to have a really hard time getting an image that is useful.”
By contrast, Capella can peer right through cloud cover, and see just as well in the daylight as in total darkness. That’s because instead of optical imaging, it uses synthetic aperture radar, or SAR.
SAR works similarly to how dolphins and bats navigate using echolocation. The satellite beams down a powerful 9.65 GHz radio signal toward its target, and then collects and interprets the signal as it bounces back up into orbit. And because the satellite is sending down its own signal rather than passively capturing light, sometimes those signals can even penetrate right through a building’s wall, peering at the interior like Superman’s X-ray vision.
"At that frequency, the clouds are pretty much transparent,” Banazadeh told Futurism. “You can penetrate clouds, fog, moisture, smoke, haze. Those things don’t matter anymore.
And because you’re generating your own signal, it’s as if you’re carrying a flashlight. You don’t care if it’s day or night.” Capella didn’t invent SAR. But Banazadeh says it’s the first U.S. company to offer the technology, and the first worldwide to offer a more accessible platform for potential customers to use.
And with those 'potential customers' surely being many of the 'three-letter-agencies' that love to spy upon the American people, and even President Trump helping to confirm that Barack Obama was spying on Americans because they spied on him leading up to the 2016 election, America under a 'President Joe Biden' will be quickly heading in the direction of China with totalitarian surveillance everywhere.
Over the past several years there have been numerous stories published all across the internet warning of China's Orwellian surveillance state, with Reuters reporting back in February of 2020 that covid-19 had brought China's surveillance system out of the shadows. From that story.:
When the man from Hangzhou returned home from a business trip, the local police got in touch. They had tracked his car by his license plate in nearby Wenzhou, which has had a spate of coronavirus cases despite being far from the epicenter of the outbreak. Stay indoors for two weeks, they requested.
After around 12 days, he was bored and went out early. This time, not only did the police contact him, so did his boss. He had been spotted near Hangzhou’s West Lake by a camera with facial recognition technology, and the authorities had alerted his company as a warning.
“I was a bit shocked by the ability and efficiency of the mass surveillance network. They can basically trace our movements with the AI technology and big data at any time and any place,” said the man, who asked not to be identified for fear of repercussions.
Chinese have long been aware that they are tracked by the world’s most sophisticated system of electronic surveillance. The coronavirus emergency has brought some of that technology out of the shadows, providing the authorities with a justification for sweeping methods of high tech social control.
While the website SupChina had reported back on October 30th that China's highly intrusive surveillance state has not quite yet reached the status of being a'panopticon', an 'all-seeing-eye' that the Chinese government hopes to establish, they do possess "the most agile, invasive, and omnipresent surveillance capabilities in the world" according to a ChinaFile analysis of over 76,000 documents. But China's systems are not yet all-seeing, nor are they fully integrated across the country. From that story.:
In the past few years, China’s fast-paced adoption of advanced surveillance technologies has attracted increased international media attention. Some of the first major reports in late 2017 to hint at mass detentions of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, for example, said that the region had begun to resemble an “open-air prison” where the proliferation of facial-recognition cameras and police checkpoints “overwhelms daily life,” or that it was being used as a “frontline laboratory for surveillance.”
Since then, reporting on China’s surveillance capabilities has tended to rightly focus on Xinjiang, but continued to treat it as an outlier where technology is “tested out” and then spread to the rest of the country.
A new countrywide investigation of surveillance by ChinaFile offers what authors Jessica Batke and Mareike Ohlberg claim is the “most comprehensive accounting of China’s surveillance build-up to date.” The analysis has two parts:
A database of over 76,000 government documents, selected by searching for surveillance-related keywords in public procurement notices between June 29, 2004, and May 19, 2020.
Three case studies, one from a county in Xinjiang, and two others from south and northeastern China, showing largely similar technologies being deployed across the country, but for unique purposes.
Takeaways from the investigation include:
“Authorities in at least 998 counties — one third of all counties in China — in nearly every corner of the country purchased surveillance equipment of some type in 2019 alone.”
The system is not fully integrated, because “officials’ shopping for technology to integrate disconnected local systems shows the extent to which surveillance in China is not yet a coherent whole, but remains an unfinished patchwork.” In other words, “Even the most sophisticated tracking systems may go blind as a surveillance target steps across a county line.”
"The crucial difference between Xinjiang and other areas of the PRC is who is being targeted. Instead of focusing solely on a particular group of non-residents, potential dissidents, or possible criminals [as is typical outside of Xinjiang], authorities [in Xinjiang] target all members of particular ethnic and religious groups.” For example, a procurement notice in Shawan County, Xinjiang, said that 50 of 70 new facial recognition cameras would be placed in mosques.
ChinaFile confirms the racial profiling of Uyghurs by at least some requested surveillance systems outside of Xinjiang, first documented by the New York Times last year.
"However fervently they might desire it, China’s leaders have not built an all-seeing, all-knowing panopticon capable of tracking anyone in the country, anywhere, at any time,” the report adds. But nevertheless, the “intent is clear: to eliminate any public spaces where people might remain unwatched.”
The first video at the bottom of this story from Capella Space takes a look at their new 'evolved satellite' while in the 2nd and final video below, we hear more about how Covid-19 is being used to usher in a 'medical police state' in America.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has led to a great many measures being introduced that look a whole lot like a medical police state. People are confined to their homes, only allowed to leave for 'essential' purchases, all non-essential businesses have shutdown, surveillance measures have been introduced and a number of individual rights have been suspended.
While a significant number of people are just waiting for everything to "go back to normal," willingly obeying the lockdown orders with zeal and calling out and shaming those who don't, others citing precedent from events like 9/11 can see that there is no back-to-normal. This is the new normal. Once the coronavirus recedes, as it inevitably will, what incentive is there for governments to turn everything back to how it was, giving up the powers of control they so easily instituted?
Welcome to the medical police state, where your individual rights take a backseat to a non-issue virus no deadlier than the flu.
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