Satellite Imagery Analysis

Presented at DEF CON 15 (2007), Aug. 5, 2007, 1 p.m. (50 minutes)

Satellite imagery was once restricted to organizations like CTU, but now it is freely available to us all via powerful free online tools and commercial services. In this talk we will look at commercial collection platforms and capabilities, orbital mechanics and a variety of imagery analysis techniques. We will analyze examples from interesting places around the world and explore issues surrounding the future of satellite surveillance.


  • Greg Conti - Lieutenant Colonel, United States Military Academy
    Greg Conti is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the United States Military Academy. His research includes security data visualization and web-based information disclosure. He is the author of Security Data Visualization by No Starch Press. His work can be found at