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TED Talk: Photographing the Whole Earth Every Day With an Army of Tiny Satellites


Back in June, we reported that a company called Planet Labs is working to improve the efficiency of satellite photography by using a large number of tiny satellites instead of a single satellite.

Company co-founder and CEO Will Marshal recently gave a TED Talk (shown above) that sheds some light on what the company is doing.

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The first image transmitted from one of Planet Labs’ satellite cameras

Together, Planet Labs’ satellites will create what is the largest constellation of Earth imaging satellites ever. 28 of these satellites have been launched so far, but its Planet Labs’ goal is to have over a hundred of these little contraptions out within a year.