In our analytics-driven society, we leverage observations made by satellites in space of natural and man-made activities to predict events, set market
prices and develop strategies that affect us all.
With the commercialization of space, we are finally able to move away from the exclusivity of high cost satellites that provide a limited amount of information down to us on earth. Instead, we are now increasingly relying on large constellations of small satellites. A Constellation not only provides better coverage of the Earth at a fraction of the cost, but it also provides redundancy if a satellite ever fails.
These small satellites capture massive amounts of information that get
s sent back down to Earth, for humans to run analytics. Ground Stations are able to capture the data, however only at specific intervals as download links are often very slow, contrary to the small satellites, which are spinning around the earth at extreme rapid speeds. Meaning, the window to collect data and information is extremely time sensitive, causing room for error as satellites currently take many passes to collect just a little bit of information captured.
From there, the data must be collected from all the ground stations spread throughout the world before it can be processed and analyzed.