We will discuss in detail what smallsat solutions bring to the market place, which applications are being developed and how do new constellations contribute to the observation market?
What is the future of this market in terms of technology, platforms, standards and services? High resolution and accuracy of data provide a range of solutions with the four major players at the moment being Planet, DigitalGlobe, Spire and BlackSky. Given that these leaders are all developing large constellations, in what applications are constellations essential. What are the useful functions that independent smaller observation platforms can serve?
From agriculture & mining to traffic observation, mapping & weather, tracking biodiversity and wildlife trends, natural resources, such as energy, freshwater and agriculture, small satellites provide an opportunity to observe our planet in considerable detail. Not just observation but measuring changes in land-use and urban development,
The market includes monitoring and responding to natural disasters, managing , addressing public health, maritime safety and lastly but very importantly military observation and monitoring.
In how many ways can geospatial data be presented and be useful? Who are the important customers and what are their primary concerns and requirements? What are the main observation operators’ market share by vertical and by region and how will pricing of imagery evolve by type and by resolution? What model for data purchase will dominate and how are downstream players changing the way imagery is bought and sold?
Todd Simon is an executive in residence with London investment firm DN Capital, and founder of Geospatial Alpha, to invest and stimulate innovation in geospatial intelligence. Todd also serves as an advisor to the European Space Agency. He is a former senior technology investment banker with DLJ, Credit Suisse, and Oppenheimer, and has held executive and board positions with location technology companies including GroundTruth, the world’s largest mobile proximity intelligence company, and Gravy Analytics, the first geo-signals data cloud. Todd holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Brandeis University.