The “New Space” revolution has been in the making for more than a decade, but 2014 was a particularly pivotal year for new satellite companies: Google acquired startup Skybox Imaging for $500 million, and Planet Labs (now Planet) deployed its first two Dove 3U cubesats from the International Space Station. Both Skybox and Planet were founded in the Silicon Valley a few years earlier with a vision to revolutionize access to information generated from timely, very-high-resolution ...

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