Build a Product with Satellite Data, Everything You Need to Get Started

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February 13, 2023

What if you could build a product that helps farmers grow more crops? Or one that helps scientists track the spread of dengue fever over time? Or maybe even one that helps people find the best beach to surf in Hawaii. These aren’t pipe dreams, they’re real projects built by companies using satellite data. It's not easy work but once you get the hang of it -- and we'll help with that -- it's pretty cool.

There are several types of sensors available on satellites, how do they provide a wealth of information ?

Satellite data are essential information captured by very powerful sensors from Space looking at Earth. The journey to satellite-powered solutions starts with understanding these types of sensors.

  • Optical sensors detect and measure specific wavelengths of light emitted by objects and materials, giving us valuable insights into their properties.
  • SAR sensors use radar technology to create images even during cloudy weather, in the middle of the night and is extremely good at detecting materials and the topography. To get more concrete examples on how SAR can revolutionise an entire industry check our blog on the topic here.
  • Hyperspectral sensors are just like optical sensors, however more precise as they can detect over 200 different bands within the electromagnetic spectrum. For instance, this can support detection of very specific objects based on their spectral properties.
  • Thermal sensors detect the temperature of objects and materials, helping us monitor the health and conditions of key environmental indicators like crops and forests.

By utilising the data collected by these sensors, we can gain a more complete and accurate picture of the world around us and make better-informed decisions about our impact on the environment. So whether you're a farmer, an environmental scientist, or just someone who loves exploring our planet, satellite data can provide you with endless possibilities.

You can get satellite data, now how do you leverage its power ?

There are many ways to leverage satellite data. Basic uses include the detection of objects, fires or flooding etc. But one of the most powerful uses is integrating it with other sources of information, like weather forecasts or IoT devices. This allows you to make better decisions by taking comparing results to ground measurements - also called the “ground truth”.

You can even combine multiple types of data sources together so that one type complements another - by combining satellite imagery with current wind patterns, you can make more informed decisions about shipping routes, potentially avoiding dangerous weather conditions.

Another way to get more value from satellite data is by using machine learning algorithms fed with satellite data to build much more scalable and powerful solutions than ever possible before -- for example: identifying crops based on their coloration and growth stage; recognising buildings based on their shape and size; or monitor the health of forests based on the density and growth patterns of trees.

I hope by now you get why we are so intense about helping Machine-Learning and Artificial Intelligence builders leveraging the power of satellite data -- limitless possibilities.

Satellite data is accessible to everybody.

One great thing about satellite imagery is its accessibility, it is available for everybody. However, what companies require is to setup complex pipelines to access and process this data at scale. This means that you'll want to make sure your company has a strong in-house expertise around satellite data (geospatial / remote sensing engineers and scientists) before you get started. Fortunately, there is a way to save on resources and time if you choose the right tool.

Certainly, you want the easiest and most scalable tool to build data pipelines leveraging satellite imagery. But if you would like to save on time and resources, you need to consider a vital feature: the ease of use. That's also why SpaceSense started the journey to "geospatial data made simple" with only one SDK to gain access to Machine-Learning ready datasets.

SpaceSense has a lot of experience in building data pipelines, and we want to make it easier for you to get started. So let's talk about how we do it.

SpaceSense is a tool for visualising, processing and analysing geospatial data. All with few lines of Python code.

Good news is: you don't need to be an expert in Remote Sensing to start building products that are leveraging satellite data. If you have in your team a Data Scientist or Software Engineer, our easy to use platform can do most of the heavy work for you.

SpaceSense delivers more than just data. We help you achieve your goals faster by supporting your team every step of the way from prototyping, R&D to production. All from an user-friendly platform. Our SDK is designed to be intuitive, allowing you to create customised pipelines and workflows while delivering Machine-Learning ready datasets.

If you're more curious about our expertise, and you're the kind of person who likes to read some clear tech documentation, take the time to check this piece --

With all this information it’s time to get started with your own project!

There are many ways to leverage geospatial data, but if your team is considering building custom products or solutions with some components requiring earth observation, you need to evaluate tools out there based on ease of use. Good news is, satellite data experts do exist and we have built a platform to make your team’s life easier !

We can help you by providing the right platform to get started, deploy your solution, with 24/7 support and training.

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