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It’s a Briefcase! It’s a Pizza Box! No, It’s a Mini Satellite


It’s a Briefcase! It’s a Pizza Box! No, It’s a Mini Satellite Recently, officials in California announced that the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, had been fully contained. The achievement was made possible through the hard work of firefighters on the ground, with some help from above: a swarm of tiny, orbiting satellites that represent the next phase of the space age. The satellites are operated by Planet Labs, a company in San Francisco that runs the world’s largest fleet of Earth-observing satellites. Its craft number around 140. All of them carry cameras and telescopes. In size, most rival a loaf of bread.    More



(Source: New York Times - Dec 12)

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