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NASA is embracing small satellite designs, from tiny CubeSats to micro-satellites. These miniature marvels are providing many ways to collect science data and to demonstrate new technologies.
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This Earth Imaging-themed GeoSpatial Stream broadcast discusses the recently launched Sentinel-3A Earth-monitoring satellite; a smallsat/cubesat video created by the European Space Agency; NASA UAS/drone news; industry news from Esri, SimActive, Teledyne Optech and Riegl; a funny mapping video from the University of Kentucky's New Maps Plus online education program; and more.
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Re/code visits NASA's Silicon Valley research center, where a pair of startups are working together to democratize satellite data. Aquila Space is building a fleet of satellites while its partner Astro Digital is developing software tools that allow anyone to process and analyze the data. Among other things, the information could be used to help inform policy and responses for ecological disasters, including the droughts and wildfires plaguing California.