Satellite company takes humanitarian approach

  • 24/08/2015
(Photo: iStock)
(Photo: iStock)

A former NASA scientist who used to look to the stars is now launching dozens of small satellites into space to look back at Earth.

The satellites, each one the size of a toaster, get taken up on rockets destined for space. Former NASA scientist and Planet Labs CEO Will Marshall says astronauts essentially "throw the satellites out the window".

The satellites cruise up 650km and their assignment is impressive; they are tasked with taking a photo of every place on Earth every day.

Mr Marshall says while Planet Labs uses space, it still very much has an earthly focus.

"We can track deforestation, we can track the ice caps melting. In general, it is very helpful for climate change."

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