Commercial Space Innovation

Commercial Earth observation satellite operators

Commercial Earth observation (EO) satellite operators are dramatically increasing the supply of data available on a daily basis due to a greater diversity of sensors on orbit. The era of commercial EO satellites took off after the US passed the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act in 1992 allowing the private sector to operate space systems. This infographic examines commercial visible EO, radar, and weather satellites on orbit and those that are in startup mode.

Open Satellite Data

Free and open government data

Governments worldwide are increasingly adopting free and open data policy for Earth observation satellites. The number of data downloads from open data portals has increased exponentially since open data policies have been introduced. These policies have led to increased innovation through the creation of new tools using satellite data in varied applications. This infographic identifies the governments providing open data, the diverse applications of the data, as well as products built using the data.

The View from Above

Seeing our changing Planet

The science of collecting information about our Radiant Earth is rapidly changing. Did you know there are over 600 Earth observation (EO) satellites currently in orbit? Every satellite does something unique. EO scientists use spatial, temporal, and spectral resolutions to determine which satellite is best to use for a given application. This infographic provides introductory information on viewing the planet from above.

Humanitarian Drones

Coordinating safe, ethical and efficient use of drones in humanitarian action

Drones are primarily a form of remote sensing, allowing high-resolution access to hard-to-reach areas. However, if drones are going to fulfill its humanitarian potential, then the structures, skills and knowledge that guide them cannot depend on large international agencies or rapid importation at times of crises. To evaluate how best to localize humanitarian drones for disaster response, we look at six countries with differing regulations, economic statuses, disaster risks levels, and geography.

Massive Open Online Courses

MOOCs

A collection of specially-selected courses on Machine Learning, Data Science, Remote Sensing and GIS, allowing users of all backgrounds and technical capabilities to easily find free classes to improve their skills. Although MOOCs comprise approximately 90% of this collection, videos, talks, and webinars are also included.