The U.S. President Donald Trump recently signed a space policy directive. This initiative is supposed to ease rules on the commercial use of space. The U.S. Government is taking this plan forward to help the private companies to use space for business purposes.
Recently, Space X launched another rocket with satellites into Earth’s orbit. Immediately some days after the launch, Trump signed the directive. This launch along with several others plans in June indicates the growing interest of private industries to use space for commercial and scientific research.
Will Marshall, Chief Executive Officer at Planet and a leading geospatial information provider, state that the interest of business leaders in space is starting to come back and do some really interesting things. There are about 200 satellites in orbit around the Earth put by Planet. All these satellites take images of its entire land mass every day.
Marshall explained that previously the satellite imagery was only taken every year or several years. Further, he explained that now it is possible for many industries to take regular images from space. These data can help in improving the crop fields. Also, farmers can utilize these data to decide addition of fertilizers and water irrigation to crops. He proclaimed that data can be used by governments for various purposes such as border security as well as in deciding the disaster response.
Steve Isakowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Corporation, proclaimed that the company recently launched a satellite. This satellite was having laser communication. He further added that the organization was able to send data at high rates of 200 Megabits Per Second down to the ground. The company also achieved the ability for satellites to actually communicate with each other.
On a similar note, recently China successfully launched a new satellite, the Gaofen-6 satellite. It will be mainly focused on earth’s observation. It includes various purposes such as agricultural resources research and disaster monitoring. It was launched at 12:13 PM (local time) on the Long March-2D rocket. It was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, which is northwest to China.