I'm doing research for an article and I'm looking for info about usage of satellites by commercial companies. For instance, usage of small satellites by insurance companies (imaging and etc.) or something similar. Sure, I'm using also google but I didn't find anything specific. I'll be glad for any info with examples which company from which industry is using satellites and for what. Thanks for any pieces of information.
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One example of a modern commercial satellite system is Planet Labs with their swarm of "Dove" satellites. Each Dove is a 3U cubesat with solar panels and a telescope. These doves image the entire planet every day and they advertise many different markets for their data such as:
- Crop Monitoring: Infrared and visible light images can be combined to estimate the health of crops over large fields to identify spots where the plants arene't being watered, are suffering from an infection, or are affected by some other localized disturbance
Civil/Government: Satellite pictures can be used to manage land, forests, and other natural resources. Can also be used to monitor urban development and even track traffic problems or congestion (could count every car in a city).
Disaster response: Satellite imagery can identify flooded or damaged zones and locate areas where people need help. Can also identify and track forest fires.
Environmental science and policing: Imagery can identify illegal lumber or farming operations. Can also track icebergs, glaciers, and other areas affected by climate change
Logistical tracking: Track boats, shipping yards, and other areas where lots of raw goods are transported. For example, estimate cubic volume of cargo in port or amount of containers.
Defense: Satellite imagery is at the core of modern military intelligence.
And many more
These are just a couple of industries which could use or are using satellites and there are countless more. However, this is an emerging industry so it may be hard to find specific information. I recommend checking out https://www.planet.com/ as their website has lots of information about them and their customers.