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Analysis of the emerging Commercial Satellite-based Earth Imaging Market




16: Aeronautics and Astronautics

Faculty Supervisor:

Prof. Olivier de Weck

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Prof. Olivier de Weck deweck@mit.edu and Dr. Afreen Siddiqi siddiqi@mit.edu Start: immediately. For pay, credit or volunteer.

Project Description

This UROP will assist in develop a comprehensive picture of the dynamic and rapidly evolving market for commercial Earth imaging including both the supply and demand side. On the supply side we have companies like planet, Maxar, Airbus and others offering different levels of Earth imagery products in the visual, IR and other bands. While the ground resolution and revisit frequency for these data products are often quite clear, the price structure and radiometric quality, especially of fused and mosaiced data products remains somewhat obscure. On the demand side there is a need for a better market segmentation by function and institution (such as private users, companies, non-profits and government agencies), as well as an estimation of the global market size and willingness to pay. This UROP will be involved in data gathering, interviews, data analysis and potential publications working together with a graduate student, reserach staff and faculty and external partners. Strong skills in remote sensing, GIS, data analytics, machine learning and an interest in both space and business or finance would be an asset for this position.