How Satellite Technologies Change the World


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The idea of flights fascinated humankind since ancient times but was implemented entirely only after the technogenic revolution.


The dawn of space discoveries goes back to 1957 with the first satellite launch. Nowadays, numerous earth observation satellites orbit our planet regularly, providing spatial imagery for multiple uses in businesses and people's everyday lives.


Yet, to merely view the captured images is often not enough, and we won't fully enjoy the benefits of satellite view acquisition without processing, interpretation, and application recommendations. In this regard, reliable and comprehensive data analytics becomes an essential constituent in technology implementations.


Satellite Data Applications 

At present, it is hard to imagine a branch that does not employ spatial data. The scope of utilizations is continuously growing. Humankind explores even more opportunities for wide-scale uses in agriculture, forestry, banking, mass media, transportation, tourism, mining, rescue operations, ocean sciences, to mention a few.


H3 Food and Agriculture: Easier Crop Production

Capturing farmlands, satellites assist in inspecting grain and vegetable growing. Modern farming strongly relies on remote sensing and smart agriculture findings. Online tools and Crop Monitoring by EOS Data Analytics, in particular, facilitate crop producers' efforts, enabling them to monitor their fields without physical presence.


Agricultural software users can track plant health, assess irrigation and fertilizing needs, detect plant diseases, combat pests, manage weeds, get weather forecasts, analyze historical weather and crop productivity. Furthermore, differentiated field treatment prescribed by the app allows farm owners to minimize chemical applications. That means a triple advantage at least: 

1. Reduced cost inputs of farmers.

2. Less polluted environment.

3. Healthier food for consumers.


H3 Money: Bank Card Operations

Many people prefer cashless payments and take the possibility for granted. However, they won’t be able to do that without satellites that connect the store with their bank and spare the necessity of cash withdrawals at ATMs. What is more, the satellite links let customers make online purchases worldwide at any convenient time.


H3 Transport: GPS Navigation

To find your way has never been so easy. Provided you have a smartphone and internet access, you won't get lost. GPS systems guide you by creating the best routes, analyzing traffic jams, or notifying car accidents. So, spatial data improves your life here as well.


H3 Infrastructure: Bridge Structure and Road Movement

Satellites also contribute to road safety by monitoring highways or constructions and signaling instabilities. This way, engineers can tackle critical issues in time, and people can have safe and accident-free rides.


H3 Travel: Flight Tracking

GIS systems allow correlating an object's location with its coordinates on the geographic map. The georeference technology provides benefits for numerous industries, including airline companies and their clients. Acquiring aircraft signals, satellites determine the jet's elevation and current position above the Earth's surface. This way, it is possible to know the expected arrival time, prevent collisions, ensure passenger safety, and estimate weather conditions.


H3 Entertainment: Radio And TV

If you can enjoy your favorite event live on TV even though you cannot get to the place, it means the satellite signal transmits the record. Such transmissions allow watching shows and concerts, world contests, beauty pageants, or sports matches in real time actually not being there.


Satellite imagery nourishes the promptest mass media reports on what happens in the world daily.


H2 Prognosis for The Nearest Future

According to McKinsey, around 2500 satellites observe our planet nowadays. They provide spatial data for both non-expert and professional use, with free public access or requiring paid permission. With the development of technologies and industries, the next generations will witness and benefit from their extended deployment.


COVID-19 stirred an unprecedented demand for internet access due to remote business operations and distance learning, and people discovered new opportunities for stay-at-home work. On the other hand, the aerospace industry suffers from lockdown restrictions. If quarantine measures persist, new satellite launches will be postponed for times. Yet, the increased demand is supposed to evoke increased supplies in the long run.


Another tendency is spacecraft miniaturization (both in mass and size) to reduce production costs. So the number of smallsat constellations will most likely increase.


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