WTFunding: Space Data (Satellite Imagery)

So what is “space data” and “satellite imagery”?

Step 1: Launch to Orbit

Landsat 8, an Earth Observation satellite operated by NASA

Step 2: Data Collection

How remote sensing works (no animals were harmed in the making of this image).
The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Step 3: Image Processing & Analysis

Satellite imagery of wildfires in Idaho
False color imagery.
Example of how object-based image analysis works.

What are the applications?

Current Applications

Imagery highlighting irrigation.
Digital elevation model of a construction site.
Imagery highlighting deforestation.
Search for MH370; odd given the number of global recon satellites that it’s still missing.
Imagery optimized to show rare earth elements.
The Deepwater Horizon spill being just a bit more than seepage.

Future Applications

What’s hindering adoption / progress?

Obligatory cinemagraph in the name of ‘Murica.

Who cares?

Satellite imagery via the CIA of Osama bin Ladin’s compound.

What are the risks?

How a satellite constellation looks

What’s the current scene?

  • Analyze
  • Aquila Space
  • BlackSky Global
  • CartoDB
  • Descartes Labs
  • Iceye
  • MapBox
  • Planet Labs
  • Orbital Insight
  • Skybox Imaging (acquired by Google)
  • Spire
  • TellusLabs
  • UrtheCast
  • Accel Partners
  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Earlybird Venture Capital
  • Felicis Ventures
  • Founders Fund
  • Foundry Group
  • Lux Capital
  • Promus Ventures
  • Razors Edge Ventures
  • Rothenberg Ventures
  • RRE Ventures
  • Autodesk
  • Bentley Systems
  • DigitalEye
  • Esri
  • Exelis
  • Hexagon Geospatial
  • Teradata

Conclusion

Asteroid mining — the not so distant future?

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