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Space-based information service in Internet Plus Era

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“Internet Plus” represents a new form of society that provides a vast platform for reform, innovation, and development. Given the continued integration of the Internet in many fields, Internet Plus is profoundly transforming and influencing a variety of traditional industries. Internet Plus has created conditions favorable for the transformation of earth observation and satellite navigation into an intelligent and real-time geospatial information service. The authors propose that in order to implement continuous, all-weather, all-terrain services for the specific purposes of each individual, it will be necessary to overcome the flaws in existing space-based information systems, such as limited regional coverage, slow response, and weak interoperability. Furthermore, to meet the Big Data Era’s geospatial information service requirements, an “Internet Plus Space-Based Information Service” system, intrinsically linked to ground Internet networks, will have to be constructed. With reference to the developments of aerospace information technology, this paper discusses three levels of the proposed structure of the Internet Plus space-based information service system and ideas for its implementation. Finally, in recognition of the demands facing the Internet Plus space-based information service system, the prospects for geomatics and important supporting technologies are examined.

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This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41501383, 91438203), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation Funded Project (Grant No. 2014M562006), and Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province of China (Grant No. 2015CFB330).

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Correspondence to Xin Shen.

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Li, D., Shen, X., Chen, N. et al. Space-based information service in Internet Plus Era. Sci. China Inf. Sci. 60, 102308 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11432-016-9164-1

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  • Internet Plus
  • space-based information service
  • space information network
  • satellite remote sensing
  • satellite navigation
  • satellite communication