#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The Future of EO Satellite Operations: Autonomy

#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The Future of EO Satellite Operations: Autonomy

by Thys CronjePhoto by Ray Hennessy on UnsplashOver the next decade, Earth Observation (EO) satellites will stop streaming image data to the earth. Instead, the instruments onboard EO satellites will tell us what is happening below. And, these satellites will be able to take control of their operations to allow for the execution of complex…

by Thys Cronje

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

Over the next decade, Earth Observation (EO) satellites will stop streaming image data to the earth. Instead, the instruments onboard EO satellites will tell us what is happening below. And, these satellites will be able to take control of their operations to allow for the execution of complex tasks.

The statement above may seem a bit drastic, but I genuinely believe that it is not too far off. It is not as if the transmittance of EO data from satellites will seize. But the modus operandi must change. To begin with, the number of EO instruments are growing fast, and the

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