ISS Launches Largest Ever Flock of CubeSats, Data Will Be Open to Public
A new fleet of 28 small satellites, called Flock 1… the largest single constellation of Earth-imaging satellites ever to launch into space, …began deploying today from the International Space Station.
Built and operated by Planet Labs of San Francisco, the Flock 1 small satellites are individually referred to as Doves. The Dove satellites are part of a class of miniature satellites often called CubeSats. These small satellites will capture imagery of Earth for use in humanitarian, environmental and commercial applications. Data collected by the Flock 1 constellation will be universally accessible to anyone who wishes to use it.
“We believe that the democratization of information about a changing planet is the mission that we are focused on, and that, in and of itself, is going to be quite valuable for the planet,” says Robbie Schingler, co-founder of Planet Labs. “One tenet that we have is to make sure that we produce more value than we actually capture, so we have an open principle within the company with respect to anyone getting access to the data.”
(via Largest Flock of Earth-Imaging Satellites Launch into Orbit From Space Station ht crookedindifference)