Very high resolution commercial satellite imaging is helping to understand our changing...

Very high resolution commercial satellite imaging is helping to understand our changing planet

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Dr Kumar Navulur Senior Director of Strategic Business Development DigitalGlobe

Technological advancements in the last decade are enabling commercial remote sensing companies to collect over five million square kilometres of very high resolution imagery per day, or cover the equivalent of the entire land mass of earth, eight times per year.

The commercial satellite imaging industry is growing at an unprecedented pace, with more potential launches of small satellites as well as satellites planned by various international governments than ever before. The current and planned satellites across the industry have varying capabilities of spatial resolution, ranging from 5 metres to 30cm, which can capture the finer details of both land as well as water. These satellites can now capture images over any given spot on the earth as well as capture imagery multiple times a day.

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