SkyBox Satellites May Change Business Forever

SkyBox SkySat

SkyBox doesn’t want to see pictures of Earth from space just for kicks. It wants to scour the globe for information that will remake industries. You’d think it would be tough for a 1,200-foot long oil tanker to get lost in the shuffle, but it happens, especially, say, in the blinding bustle at the Port of Singapore, where half of the world’s crude is shipped every year.

HD Images From Micro SkyBox Satellites

Through a planned constellation of 24+ satellites that will capture high-resolution imagery and the first ever HD-video of any spot on earth, multiple times per day, Skybox will be able to take the pulse of the planet on a near real-time basis to provide an indispensable tool in addressing global challenges in areas including security, humanitarian efforts, and environmental monitoring.

Through a planned constellation of 24+ satellites that will capture high-resolution imagery and the first ever HD-video of any spot on earth, multiple times per day, Skybox will be able to take the pulse of the planet on a near real-time basis to provide an indispensable tool in addressing global challenges in areas including security, humanitarian efforts, and environmental monitoring.

Revolutionary Space Borne Data

SkyBox acknowledges its data could be put to unsettling use, but seems to approach the trade-off with the sort of open-source, hacker mentality common in many of today’s tech companies. “If you look at companies that truly transformed industries,” Mann says, “they’re the ones that facilitated a new level of access.”

The dissemination of data and increasing global transparency is a net positive, Mann argues. “If there’s not a capacity to exploit something for evil, it’s probably not that revolutionary.”

See a full article in The Atlantic.

One Reply to “SkyBox Satellites May Change Business Forever”

  1. WOW! 1984 IS HERE. This is a double-edged sword, but criminals beware. It depends who has control of it and who has access to the data. Scary stuff.

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