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Bill Gates's new project using satellites to help people



Bill and Melinda Gates have teamed up with Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, to set up a new project that seeks to encourage the sharing of satellite data. 
The multi-million dollar mission, named “Radiant Earth”, will make reams of satellite images freely available. Sate
llites have already been used to track global challenges and respond to disasters, but experts say the mass of data they produce is not being adequately shared or utilised.
“Radiant is about using Earth imagery for positive global impact”, said Anne Hale Miglarese, the project’s Chief Executive,
“It will help build the 'who, what, where when or why' for the planning and management of issues such as land tenure, global health, sustainable development, food security and disaster response." 
"This is a wake-up call that satellite imagery is not just about questions and insights but also about engaging the entire planet in observing the planet, together.”
Experts say the number of satellites orbiting Earth has increased by 40 per cent in the last five years alone and now numbers 1,400.