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PlanBlue Maps the Ocean Floor Using “Underwater Satellites”

At a period when changing climate is front and center throughout the world, a lot of attention is focused on governments to take action, but technology businesses must also contribute solutions. PlanBlue, a German company, is one such company that is developing the concept of “underwater satellites” to provide a better knowledge of what is happening on the seafloor.

PlanBlue has designed an underwater satellite that will scan seafloor areas, lake bottoms, and river beds in high detail in the future. It uses advanced photography and underwater navigation, as well as machine-learning techniques in its software.

Hannah Brocke, COO as well as co-founder of Via Satellite, spoke with Via Satellite regarding the technology, which she claims works as a satellite but is not in orbit.

She explained, “We do Earth Observation [EO] but under the water.” “Most of our technology has been utilized in space for a long period, so it’s fairly similar.” For example, we do hyper-spectral imaging. Data collecting and storage, as well as data harnessing and analysis, are all very comparable processes. The most significant distinction is we’re not in space, but rather submerged in water.”

PlanBlue argues that referring to underwater satellites as such establishes an obvious connection to the space sector. “We wanted a term that would allow people to appreciate the value we produce, so we came up with underwater satellites.” This connection is critical. People are aware that it is Earth Observation and data collection,” Brocke explains.

PlanBlue has also received praise from the space sector. The company has been highlighted on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) website, and it won the Galileo Masters 2018 program’s top prize in 2018.

While there are very accurate maps of land collected by satellite and drone technology, Brocke claims that the seafloor is mainly unknown. It is estimated that 85 percent to 90 percent of the ocean remains unknown in detail, according to calculations. She emphasizes the value of the seafloor in terms of food production, marine life, and climate regulation.

“We’re missing out on a critical piece of information about our planet.” “This is a huge problem,” Brocke says. “We literally put seafloor on a map floor in high resolution to depict the true worth of this seafloor, maybe not in an ecological sense, yet also in an economic sense,” says the author. We can not only enable sustainable industrial activity with this data, but we can also combat global issues like climate change and pollution.”

Brocke is not a man who minces his remarks. She claims that the globe is at a “critical juncture” in terms of vulnerable ecosystems on land and waters. PlanBlue’s technology may make a difference in this situation and assist pave the way to a more sustainable future.

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