Posted on July 16, 2018

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The world is hungry for data. It feeds on information like a fat man at a Golden Corral’s all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s how we know whether to grab a coat in the morning before leaving the house. It dictates how we design highways and how we build relationships. Without big data, artificial intelligence would most likely still be largely relegated to PhD theses and parlor tricks on quiz shows. These days you can mine data from many sources for many purposes, from law enforcement using social media to track citizens to predicting which movies you’ll like or spotting fraudulent activity based on a company’s enterprise data. One source of ginormous amounts of data is from satellites.

Regular readers will know that we have been hitting what’s called NewSpace pretty hard in recent months. This commercialization of space is still in its nascent stages. Companies are launching swarms of satellitesinto orbit, while others are building infrastructure for scientific research. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, then satellite data is worth even more. Satellite data startups are providing insights to everything from business intelligence to forestry health. We’ve seen this business model from companies like Orbital Insight and Descartes Labs. There appears to be no slacking in the thirst for more data, which is good thing for these eight satellite data startups.

To see the 8 satellite data startups, click here. The article was originally published on August 18, 2017.