Friday, January 10, 2014
Many Eyes on Earth
Enemy of the state, anyone? Interesting piece on Nature:

Swarms of small satellites set to deliver close to real-time imagery of swathes of the planet. Imagine using Google Earth or other online mapping tools to zoom in on high-resolution satellite images of the planet taken just hours or days ago. Navigating backwards and forwards in time, one could track changes in everything from crops, forests and wildlife movement to urban sprawl and natural disasters, all with unrivalled temporal precision. 
This is the vision of two Californian start-up companies that are set to launch swarms of small imaging satellites, which, by virtue of their sheer numbers, will be able to revisit and photograph huge swathes of the planet as often as several times each day — a frequency much higher than that achieved by current Earth-observing satellites.

[read more] [planet labs] [skybox imaging] [via fefe] [picture via nature]

Many Eyes on Earth

Enemy of the state, anyone? Interesting piece on Nature:

Swarms of small satellites set to deliver close to real-time imagery of swathes of the planet. Imagine using Google Earth or other online mapping tools to zoom in on high-resolution satellite images of the planet taken just hours or days ago. Navigating backwards and forwards in time, one could track changes in everything from crops, forests and wildlife movement to urban sprawl and natural disasters, all with unrivalled temporal precision. 

This is the vision of two Californian start-up companies that are set to launch swarms of small imaging satellites, which, by virtue of their sheer numbers, will be able to revisit and photograph huge swathes of the planet as often as several times each day — a frequency much higher than that achieved by current Earth-observing satellites.

[read more] [planet labs] [skybox imaging] [via fefe] [picture via nature]

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    Where this gets interesting, is when companies offer short term, personal rentals of existing satellite networks....
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    Uh oh, here come the snoops
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    Sorry, having real time crop “temporal precision” does not justify it enough for the abuses all to available. Look at...
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