Earth Observation/Remote Sensing Satellites

Satellite Design

2017 – Military Satellites – Snapshot

National security drives national efforts to acquire and operate military satellites. While there some exceptions, most military satellites have very similar capabilities as their commercial counterparts, but hardening, extreme reliability,…

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2017 – Surface Imaging – Snapshot

Surface imaging satellites observe, monitor, and track changes and developments on the Earth’s surface using a variety of optical or electronic imaging capabilities. Earth observation (EO) satellites deployed in 2017…

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2017 – Meteorology – Snapshot

Only three satellites with a dedicated meteorological focus were deployed during 2017—less than 1% of 443 spacecraft deployed during that year. It was also a drop from the number of…

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2016 – Meteorology – Snapshot

For all of the importance placed on meteorological satellites, they made up a very small part of the 116 Earth observation/remote sensing satellites placed in Earth’s orbit during 2016. With…

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