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Terra Bella


Formerly Skybox, Terra Bella was acquired and renamed by Google in 2014. Terra Bella is currently building up a new small imaging satellite system to identify and help inform responses to global economic, environmental and humanitarian challenges. It launched its first two satellites in November 2013 and July 2014.

Good Things Come in Small Packages: Using a combination of geospatial data and web information streams, Terra Bella’s small satellite system has been used to monitor port traffic, natural disaster impacts and mining development. The company claims to be the world’s most advanced small imaging satellite platform and specializes in not just providing high-resolution imaging but also focusing in aiding rapid identification and response to environmental or security threats. For this reason, the platform is well-suited to combatting illegal fishing.

Next Steps: Since Google's acquisition of the company, Terra Bella has broadened its focus from exclusively the design and launch of satellites for gathering and selling imagery to include data analysis and informed forecasting. This focus allows the company to provide full service to customers from satellite positioning down to data analysis for specific uses like monitoring territorial waters for illegal activity.


Satellites are 100 kg, with dimensions of 60cm x 60cm x 80cm
Precision attitude control (star trackers, reaction wheels, gyros, GPS)

Japan, Mongolia and the United States
  • Company: Terra Bella

  • Type: Satellite Observation

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  • Link: Product Website

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