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Satellite Imagery: Then and NowContinuing with this month’s look at the history of aerial photography, satellite imagery has also seen its own share of advancements and groundbreaking achievements. While it is still a relatively new technology, this revolutionary form of photography has given people the opportunity to view our planet like never before. Here, we’ll take a quick look at how satellite imagery became what it is today.
From Airplanes to Orbit
Arguably, satellite imagery began with aerial imagery. Were it not for minds like Felix Tournachon, who hoisted a heavy camera with him into a hot-air balloon in order to capture photos of France, then the idea of going into the air for images might never have found the popularity it has seen today. As technology advanced, cameras were taken into the air by things like kites, pigeons, and rockets, until airplanes became an effective way to capture aerial photographs. The first aerial image taken from an airplane was captured in 1909 in Italy by Wilbur Wright. During World War I, airplanes were used to create battle maps by all sides, and cameras were developed to better capture clearer images by placing the shutter inside the lens. Following the war era, aerial imagery took on non-military usage and became popular with countless industries that stood to benefit from bird’s eye views of land.
Satellite imagery truly made an appearance with the CIA’s Corona Project, which spanned from 1959 to 1972. The project laid the groundwork for a new era of images captured from the sky by taking reconnaissance photographs of China and the Soviet Union; these images, taken by satellites orbiting the Earth, allowed the United States to look deep into Soviet territory, going so far as to help dispel the notion of a missile gap between the two countries. From that point onwards, people began to notice the benefits and uses of satellite imagery; aside from military applications, its civilian usage boomed. Today, the technology is used by countless industries in order to better survey specific areas of land in a way that images captured from an airplane are simply unable to obtain.
Professionals in real estate, engineering, and land use negotiations rely on up-to-date satellite imagery to fuel their business decisions and ensure that their data is accurate in real-time. What’s more, satellite imagery has helped provide mapping technologies that are used almost every day by countless professionals worldwide. This form of photography will continue to see important uses in mapping, real estate, and many other industries for years to come, and as satellite technology advances, so too will satellite imagery.
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