Northern Sky Research

The Bottom Line

Author: Dallas Kasaboski (X)

  • Satellite constellations is one of the most exciting trends in the Earth Observation (EO) market today. Insight-hungry end-users are demanding more data, more often, and look to current and upcoming fleets of satellites to provide it. Investment and launch availability continue to grow, with constellations under development for satellites both big and small.

    However, another form of satellite constellation has been, perhaps more quietly, developed which presents a low CAPEX counter to…

  • Satellite-based Earth Observation (EO) is changing from an imagery-driven to insight-driven business.¬†Until now, most satellite operators have been content with supplying imagery, while emerging downstream companies have begun unlocking the value behind the pixel, through Big Data analytics. However, satellite operators are beginning to shift focus.

    Last month, Planet completed “Mission 1”, to image the entire globe, daily, and has since focused on Big Data analytics. Urthecast’s…

  • Satellite imagery has traditionally been sold by the scene. Customers would look at certain criteria, and satellite operators would match their request with available archived or tasked images. Sales cycles were long, and the focus was on the quality and the resolution of the data. However, increasing supply, and pressure from downstream services are prompting the development of volume-based imagery platforms, serving customers on the cloud, through a subscription or revenue-sharing…