In previous lessons you’ve learned about the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and the Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO). There are pros and cons in using each orbit. Generally for satellites in LEO orbit, particularly imagery satellites like those owned by DigitalGlobe and SkyBox, the closer the satellites are to the Earth, the more detail of the objects […]
Read More Why space matters: HEO Satellite Operations, Part 1–You’ve Never Kepled?
This is another of my Clearancejobs.com posts about the possible jobs the new generation and start-ups of space launch and satellite companies might offer. But, are all of them really accepting of old military space operators into their baby-faced ranks? If you’re interested, please read: “Going from Government or Military to Space Startups.”
Read More “New Space” Companies Might Equal New Jobs? Even for Vets?
The Atlantic posted an excellent article on 7 Jan about the three newer members to the satellite imagery community: Skybox, Urthecast, and Planet Labs. All are attempting to do very similar things, but they seem to be going about their attempts differently. Urthecast is using the International Space Station as its “camera tripod” for its […]
Read More Three new ways to get imagery
One is a lonely number. It takes a while for one low earth orbiting (LEO) satellite’s payload (the camera) to see the entire Earth’s surface. If you want to get pictures more quickly, say the same day something like a hurricane or a forest fire is happening, you want a CONSTELLATION of satellites orbiting the […]
Read More Why space matters: Imaging satellite operations, Part 5