This is why space matters and a preview of satellite imagery operations

The article on Indiegogo‘s website came to my attention from a Mr. Tobias Nassif, who lives on linked in, but also is the SVP from Skybox Imaging.  There’s a SpaceUnited initiative online asking for donations to help buy imagery for relief organizations.  This initiative is called the Satellite Humanitarian Imagery Mission (SHIM-1).  Just go to the […]

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Satellite operations imagery supplicant requests the government to loosen regulatory leash

It’s always sad when you’re told you have to hold back on the best things you can produce.  This situation has been true and probably particularly irritating for US companies like Digitalglobe, who last week, according to this article, went to the US government to ask for permission to sell higher quality images to a […]

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Why space matters: Imaging satellite operations, part 11—Payloads and programs—the lesson that won’t get learned.

Last lesson, you learned a little bit about satellite busses and bus-driving.  Almost all satellite busses are similar to each other.  If you looked at a RapidEye satellite bus specifications and a Digitalglobe satellite bus, you’d likely think they might be one and the same. But the payload is different.  The satellite payload (and orbit) […]

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Why space matters: Imaging satellite operations, part 10–short bus schooling

Labor Day took its toll, but I’m back to write more (hopefully) interesting articles for you. What a space operator should know about satellite systems and space operations fills several volumes of books, folders and checklists.  But, in essence, a space operator and space operations crew worries about three things:  the satellite ground system, the […]

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