The ARDA Newsletter               June 2023 
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*See Appendix C for Examples of Damage
Strategic Questions:
1. Can commercial satellites monitor the entire U.S. railroad network in real-time?
2. What imaging resolution/spectra is necessary to detect track damage from space?
3. Is satellite imaging cost competitive to maintenance tools like UAVs and ultrasound?
Commercial satellites have the potential to remotely detect rail damage (see Table 1) and other potentially dangerous conditions on railroad property (i.e. flooding, vegetation, trespass). Today there are multiple satellite vendors offering worldwide coverage, updated daily, as well as on-demand “tasking” for custom imaging requests. These types of remote sensing capabilities, previously restricted to national defense and military applications, create opportunities to reduce derailments while optimizing manpower though more efficient dispatching of maintenance crews. 
Any opinions in this article are expressly those of the author, David Christophersen, and may not represent those of the American Railway Development Association and/or its members.

The Annual Meeting will kick off at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening, July 9th, with a welcome reception and end on Wednesday, July 12th, with a private morning tour of Amtrak’s Union Station. Click the link below to register today and take advantage of early bird pricing! 
We are excited to see you there!
ARDA Leadership
2023 Annual Meeting Information
Event Registration: Click Here to register to attend the event. Please note that early-bird pricing ends June 9th. Register today to take advantage of discounted prices! 
Agenda: Click Here to view the current agenda. More details coming soon!
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The  American Railway Development Association (ARDA) is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded in 1906 to promote Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Technology, and Environmental Activities of the North American Railroads.   The objectives of the Association are to foster the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads; and through the advancement of ideas and education of its members, further promote the effectiveness of railway development and related work. For more information, visit the ARDA website at