Look up. Somewhere up there, floating 385 miles above your head, is one of the most sophisticated pieces of machinery humanity has ever built.
It's a new satellite called WorldView-3. It's carrying the fastest, highest-resolution super-spectral imaging technology we can build. If this camera was attached to the Hollywood sign and pointed toward San Francisco, it could count the number of people on the Golden Gate Bridge.
It sounds terrifying, but it's actually really cool and could save millions of lives. That's because it's not a spy satellite working for the government, it's a private satellite that will sell images to humanitarian groups, urban planners, researchers, geologists, biologists and more. Mashable has the story:
This is a satellite that may prevent famine in Syria by identifying ahead of time exactly how many crops are being grown now that 2 million refugees, mostly farmers, have fled the country. This is a satellite that can help firefighters, because it sees through dense smoke. It can tell you when Iran has added a new parking space outside one of its nuclear facilities.