What a difference a decade makes in satellite imaging

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It seems like there's an armada of new earth-imaging satellites headed for orbit every day. As we consider the changes afoot in an industry where entry costs have traditionally been measured as a percent of GDP, it's worth a look at the tools of today's remote sensors.

This is a commercial, high-resolution earth imaging satellite before launch in 2001:

QuickBird 1 being prepped in 2001. Image courtesy of DigitalGlobe

And this is a roomful of them in 2013:

The PlanetLabs crew and their fleet of Doves, 2013.

Something has sure as hell been disrupted here. We're about to find out what.

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