ESIP 2019 Winter Plenary - CubeSats - Dan Pilone.pdf (63.15 MB)

ESIP 2019 Winter Plenary - From Baseline Science Instruments to CubeSats

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posted on 2019-01-29, 20:45 authored by Dan Pilone
Element 84 has been working in the ballooning CubeSat space and recognizes the massive amount of data flowing in from CubeSats and that the biggest use of CubeSats are commercial companies and universities. Previously, only big government agencies could afford satellite remote sensing instruments, then big companies (e.g. DigitalGlobe), and now CubeSats have commoditized satellite data collection such that universities and smaller companies are able to launch their own missions. Each of these constellations are capable of streaming down massive amounts of data, providing nearly constant Earth observation and rapid revisit rates. This talk, which was presented at the 2019 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting, discusses CubeSats 101, our commercial data pipeline infrastructure that commoditized what used to be the exclusively in the realm of NASA, NOAA, and companies like DG, and the implications of the increased accessibility of SmallSat data collection.