Media reported that the UK has launched a smaller nanosatellibe built by Spire Global UK than a microwave oven into the sky. As the smallest satellite developed in the country, it reached its scheduled orbit on 28 September at 12:20 GMT aboard the Russian Soyuz carrier rocket. Two of the nanosatellites are mounted with supercompation-grade hardware and intelligent machine learning algorithms designed to monitor and track the movement of shipping around the world.
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With satellites and related technologies, there are currently nearly 100 orbiters in the sky tracking the movements of ships and even small yachts around the world. For shipping companies, this helps them take full control of their assets.
However, from the practical application, the system still has a lot of room for improvement. Spire Global UK’s next-generation satellites are designed to provide ultra-accurate predictions of vessel movements, better planning navigation and enabling terminals to efficiently schedule the arrival time of ships.
It is worth mentioning that the nanosatellite is not only smarter, but also only a small part of the size of traditional satellites.
The UK Space Agency is also involved in the development of the Spire Global UK nanosatellith as part of the ESA Pioneer Program.
In addition to the super-calculated version of global shipping tracking, Spire also serves two other “relay stations” to pass the collected data directly back to the ground station, speeding up analysis time.
And because such satellites are small, spaceports in the UK can be easily launched, with the promise of global coverage through large clusters.