The Future of Remote Sensing Technology

By: Kaylee Verhoeven

In 1972 NASA launched its first satellite into space. With more than 40 years of continuous data, many industries are jumping on board to utilize its imagery and change the way the world operates. It is estimated that more than 2,500 satellites are orbiting the earth, providing data to a variety of industries from agriculture to financial advising companies. Remote sensing imagery is booming and has developed very specific products for individual organizations. For example, during hurricane Harvey, flood models were created which then helped insurance companies, engineers and crisis management officials rebuild and prepare for the next big disaster. How many lives could be saved with this technology?

Remote sensing technology is an excellent example of the information we can gather beyond what we are capable of perceiving on our own. The ability to detect the moisture content of soil or monitor glaciers for climate change would take far longer and cost more to have an individual research when the data could be available in seconds. All possible by using satellite imagery. Can you imagine the opportunities for someone who could estimate crop productions in a region, a country or the entire world? That information would drastically affect economies, financial markets, and possibly end world hunger.

The amount of available data will increase drastically. Rapidly changing technology is making it possible to use smaller satellites which drop prices and open opportunities to smaller companies in both the commercial and private sector. It won’t be long until everyone will have access to space, which will change every aspect of our lives by using only a computer and internet access.

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