"We might take 550 nm as a suitable guess."
Why does this read like a journal article or a college lecture? Language like "we might take" and "as a suitable guess," etc. is not encyclopedic in the least. Who is supposed to be "we" exactly? And encyclopedias do not make guesses. They cite other studies that have made reasonable guesses. Also, what does a detailed explanation of the Rayleigh criterion have to do with Imagery Intelligence? It needs its own article or to be mentioned in the main article of John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (it's a short article--it could stand to be lengthened by adding his own scientific theories). After it's been moved to a more appropriate location, it can be mentioned in passing here to help the article stay on topic--as it is, it seems like two different articles in one and it looks poor. --ScreaminEagle 02:17, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
- I flagged the satellite section with template:Original research not because the outline presented is original to any Wikipedia authors, but exactly because of this style. Something template:Unreferenced would have communicated that it does not cite a source, but beyond that a reliable source isn't going to be found because it isn't what the signals intelligence community is doing. Images can be generated at frequencies other than those of visible light. Look at what's known about missile defense, for example. Testifying before a House subcommittee in September 2000, Lieutenant General Ronald T. Kadish, USAF said, "The XBR (X-Band Radar) will be powerful enough to distinguish a golf ball 2,400 miles away." So I suggest editors of this article should stop with the WP:OR and start finding sources that say what they want the article to say. (sdsds - talk) 03:13, 12 June 2007 (UTC)
MASINT and IMINT
Right now, I have imaging as well as non-imaging radar in Radar MASINT. What is the feeling about having SAR/ISAR, perhaps not some of the polarimetric and interferometric variants, move to IMINT? For that matter, there are now 3D-imaging acoustic sensors (I also work with commercial fishermen). Does any of that belong here?
My basic rule is that if it would be more likely that an analyst would look at the spectrum and intensity of a pixel or area, rather than looking at a false-color image, multispectral and hyperspectral electro-optical sensors belong in MASINT. In some cases, it's a tossup, where a radar cues an electro-optical sensor, and I hate to split systems like that.
LLTV, FLIR, etc.
Do real-time viewing systems in the visual and infrared fit better into IMINT than electro-optical MASINT? There are some cases that will never be clean, such as the Rocket Launch Spotter that detects a rocket motor flame with a non-imaging electro-optical sensor and/or an acoustic sensor, but then slews a TV camera to the threat and displays it to an operator. The earlier sensing is not displayed as an image, but as a blip on a map display. Howard C. Berkowitz 19:16, 2 December 2007 (UTC)