Little Known Facts about Satellites

Unless you are preparing for an appearance on Jeopardy, you might not know some of the following interesting facts about satellites and satellite imagery.

Fun Facts about Satellites:

  • Satellites travel at 18,000 miles per hour. That means in a given day, satellites can travel the entire circumference of the Earth about 14 times.
  • A satellite gets better fuel economy than a Prius.
  • If you put all of the data that our satellites collect in a year on DVDs, it would form a stack nearly 4 times the height of the Empire State Building.
  • There are over 2,500 satellites in orbit around the Earth.
  • DigitalGlobe has three satellites around the world at any given moment, ready to take instant pictures of world events.
  • In addition to being used for defense and intelligence, satellite imagery has many innovative uses in the environmental, economic, entertainment and humanitarian sectors.