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Why is there never enough room on satellites to hold all the equipment needed?

Why can a satellite run infrared and other forms of data collecting equipment and stream live results back for the public, but not take photos or video? I am guessing there is never enough room to ...
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Does SpaceX use any of Falcon-9's camera data for engineering or status information, or are they "just for PR"?

I've previously asked Roughly how many self-viewing cameras are present in a Falcon 9 LEO mission? asking if it's closer to a dozen or a hundred on a log scale, because I have a hunch there's probably ...
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Does the JWST have a camera to monitor its deployment progress?

The James Webb Space Telescope has a complicated deployment sequence. Beyond data from sensors aboard the spacecraft, does it have any cameras to take pictures of the process?
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Do Starlink satellites have cameras?

Obviously, Starlink satellites are equipped with sensors for attitude and location detection (like a star tracker or sun tracker) but I'm wondering if they have with any direct Earth observation ...
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What is the largest antenna deployed in space?

@Tristan's answer says: The satellites are classified, so details are speculative, but it is believed that the Magnum/Orion and Mentor SIGINT satellites have parabolic antennae around 100 m in ...
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Have there been any other "camsats" besides Banxing-2?

Banxing-2 is a 47 kg LEO satellite deployed from China's Tiangong-2 on 22 October 2016. It is planned to say in an orbit matched to Tiangong-2 so that it stays in close proximity. According to Gunter'...
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Space launches with video camera?

Are there any other rocket launches featuring video (selfie) cameras on the rocket than Falcon 9 and Electron? Falcon 9 has some 5 camera and Electron has 3 camera
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Looking for photos of spacecraft/probes while not in orbit around a planet

I'm on a hunt for photos of man-made objects taken when they are not in orbit around a planet and they seem to be few and far between. My guess is that most spacecraft can't take selfies and no-one ...
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How did Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission "make extensive use of deployable cameras to get scientific imagery"? Did it ever produce a "PR selfie"?

Scott Manley's recent video China's Mars Rover Zhurong Has Completed Its Primary Mission, Reaches New Milestone includes the following: And if you thought that dropping a camera on the surface of ...
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Does JWST have any cameras to monitor its deployment? [duplicate]

This question was asked here: Does the JWST have a camera to monitor its deployment progress? several years ago; I am re-asking in case the situation changed between the time it was answered and its ...
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