Flock 1 Heads to Space

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA deploys its Flock 1 fleet making it the largest ever constellation of cube satellites.

     

    There’s a new constellation the sky, but not of stars.  NASA deployed the largest ever constellation of cube satellites recently.  Called the Flock 1 satellites, the fleet launched from the International Space Station.  Each individual unit is called a “Dove. “  They will work autonomously taking pictures of various locations from a much lower orbit than typical satellites.  They will store the images and then transmit them back to Earth to the manufacturing company, PlanetLabs, where the images will be uploaded and accessible to anyone who wishes to use the data.   NASA explained this data could help in times of disaster to aid in relief or to supplement commercial industries like realty and construction.  The idea is to image everywhere all the time.  Does that mean we’re on-camera now?  Say cheese!