Locations such as; Kennedy Space Center & Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Vandenberg Space Force Base as well as launch sites in China, Russia, and many other countries have limited access to the public due to the nature of their operations. However, satellite imagery
can make these locations far more accessible. It’s never been easier or cheaper for the public to access high-resolution satellite imagery
, normally locked away from the public.
A great example of this is a launch complex recently constructed at China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Due to the very limited information coming out of China, satellite imagery from Sentinel-2
gave us the best view
of the work happening there. From this imagery, we could see the northwest end of the complex, which housed offices and a large hangar. We also saw the southeast end which consisted of a launch pad, as they came to life.