White House Pushes for more Tiny Satellites

NASA and other agencies are giving microsatellites the resources they need to thrive.

Being less expensive and easier to deploy than the giant satellites of old, and housing advantaged technology to increase coverage, government agencies, led by NASA have launched an initiative to provide more resources to increase the number of launches.

NASA providing up to $30 million toward purchasing data collected by satellite groups, along with creating a Small Spacecraft Virtual Institute that will offer know-how to organizations.

Other projects see the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency awarding Planet a $20 million contract for a fleet of small satellites that can capture images of "at least" 85 percent of the planet every 15 days.

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