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Year: 2018
In 1900, a hurricane defied U.S. Weather Service predictions and destroyed Galveston, Texas. The highest part of the island on which the city rests is about ### meters (# feet) above sea level. Death toll estimates vary, but at least #### Galveston residents...
Year: 2018
Three manufacturers accounted for ##% (##) of all EO/RS satellites deployed in 2018: Planet, Spire Global, and...
Year: 2018
The countries with spacecraft operators operating the most EO/RS satellites deployed in 2018 were in the U.S. and China. Combined, operators from these two countries accounted for ##% (##)...
Year: 2018
Optical payloads constituted the largest share of the payloads of the ### EO/RS satellites deployed during 2018, ##% (###)...
Of the ### EO/RS satellites deployed in 2018, a majority, ##% (##), were deployed for commercial purposes.
Year: 2017
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...
Year: 2017
Country: United States
Surface imaging satellites observe, monitor, and track changes and developments on the Earth’s surface using a variety of optical or electronic imaging capabilities. EO satellites...
Year: 2017
Country: China, United States
Only ## satellites with a dedicated meteorological focus were deployed during 2017—less than ##% of ## spacecraft deployed during that year. It was also a drop from the number of meteorology satellites deployed in previous years. In 2016, the number of meteorology satellites deployed was ##, up...
Year: 2016
For all of the importance placed on meteorological satellites, they made up a very small part of the ## Earth observation/remote sensing satellites placed in Earth’s orbit during 2016. With a total of ## satellites, ## meteorological-focused satellites were launched or deployed in 2016 than in...
Year: 2016
Earth observation used to be the domain of a nation’s civil agencies and military. In 2016, ## spacecraft were launched or deployed in the Earth’s orbit. More than ##, ##, of those spacecraft were launched with an Earth observation mission. Some commercial Earth observation satellites even...

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