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All-seeing eyes: The epic plan to track almost everything on Earth

Firms are racing to create a real-time database of every object on Earth larger than a car. It would help investors and conservationists, but could it be abused?



Technology



30 October 2019

Himalayas

Satellites show us the world in glorious detail, such as the Himalayas

Satellite Earth Art/Getty Images

IT HAS been 18 years since Google Earth was launched and we have become used to seeing beautiful satellite photographs. Although these images may be sharp, they are generally past their sell-by date. Google Earth imagery of any given place could be three or four years old.

Now a series of space firms is springing up with the aim of providing images of the planet that are updated in real time. Foremost among them is Planet, which held a conference a few weeks …

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