Private Satellites Raise Profits, Privacy Concerns

From: www.sensorsandsystems.com

 A sample image from a Planet Labs mini-satellite over Canada. Planet Labs

A sample image from a Planet Labs mini-satellite over Canada. Planet Labs

Planet Labs has more than two dozen pint-size orbiters sitting on the International Space Station. Over the next several days, if all goes as planned, astronauts will have pushed them out the door. The effort is the most ambitious yet to build a business on the back of so-called nano-satellites — miniature satellites that, until now, have been largely the domain of researchers. It’s also a sign of the coming of age of such shoebox-size orbiters, which are becoming an increasingly important tool in space. Read More
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