Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ...
Dan Berkenstock - Satellite designer
Dan Berkenstock and his team at Skybox Imaging are rethinking how to take photographs from space. Full bio
don't know on a daily basis.
understand this anecdotally,
learned from these early missions
go out and build these things,
understand the laws of physics,
can take through a telescope
satellite imagery valuable.
about one meter resolution,
just get very high-quality images,
containers and trucks
being able to see individuals.
telescope that we could build.
seven kilometers a second,
generation of video sensors,
About the speaker:Dan Berkenstock - Satellite designer
Dan Berkenstock and his team at Skybox Imaging are rethinking how to take photographs from space.
Why you should listen
Dan Berkenstock is an entrepreneur and engineer from Chicago, who fell into a classic tale of Silicon Valley innovation while taking a graduate entrepreneurship course at Stanford. That class led him and some others to found Skybox Imaging, of which Berkenstock is now executive vice president and chief product officer.
Skybox's mission is simple, if bold: they're working to design and launch small satellites that "hitchhike" to space in an effort to revolutionize the satellite imaging business. In 2013, SkySat-1, the first such satellite, was launched and is now beaming back images that are high-enough resolution to show the real-time state of global commerce. The idea: to "revolutionize the ways that consumers, businesses, and governments make decisions in their day-to-day lives."
In a previous life, Berkenstock worked in the Advanced Supercomputing Division at NASA's Ames Research Center, and also worked as a counterproliferation analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he focused on trying to find and thwart potential potential smugglers of nuclear technologies. He is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University.
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