Kumar Navalur's views on nano satellites
There are two things one can do with satellites — mapping and monitoring. Nano-satellites are not a good fit for mapping; the primary reason being their accuracy. When we talk about monitoring, a satellite is required to take a picture multiple times a day and nano-satellites are perfect for that. Further, traditional satellites take around 4 to 5 years to be designed. The lifespan of a typical satellite is around 10 years, which means that one has 10-15 years time to change any technology. Nano-satellites are designed for 3-5 years which gives them the flexibility to adapt to new technologies. Despite competition, nano-satellites will become complementary to the existing EO business.