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Microsatellite swarms could paint clearer picture of our planet

28 May 2019

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Tiny, low-cost satellites that can work together to boost their output and a technology that reduces the loss of satellite data are two of the latest innovations to hit the Earth observation market – and the results promise to reveal a more detailed image of our planet.

Space is not just a hostile place for life, but also for business. Building and launching a traditional bus-sized satellite tens of thousands of kilometres above Earth can cost hundreds of millions of euros, but thanks to miniature satellites, the economics are changing.

Source: Horizon

Image credit: ICEYE - Microsatellites such as those developed by ICEYE not only reduce the size of the satellite but also cut costs significantly