Soar helped one of their community members share special declassified spy satellite imagery with the world by supporting their personal GoFundMe initiative.
Community and Inclusivity are two of Soar’s company values. As such, the company is always looking for ways to support map creators and enthusiasts in the community.
One way Soar connects with the community is via their Discord channel, which is where they sparked a discussion with Soar user, Harry Stranger from Queensland, Australia.
Harry originally discovered Soar on Twitter, intrigued by the company’s work in the satellite imagery space.
“I’m always curious to browse different platforms that give the public access to satellite imagery and Soar definitely stood out to me due to being community-driven.” said Harry.
“Being able to browse satellite imagery, drone images, maps etc. uploaded by others in the community, being able to comment on those images and highlight areas of interest is unlike anything else I’ve used, and I love that.”
After chatting with Soar staff about his interest in satellite imagery time lapses, Harry shared some of his work via Twitter. That’s when Soar staff noticed his GoFundMe mission to source and share declassified spy satellite imagery from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
Cape Canaveral, Florida, KH-4A Declassified, 1968-12-18 (left). Vandenberg Space Force Base California. KH-7 Declassified, 1967-02-09 (right).
“This all started in late 2021 when I was browsing the USGS Earth Explorer page and I saw the option to download images from old spy satellites.” said Harry.
As a bit of a history nerd, I loved the thought of being able to use these high-resolution images to help illustrate the growth of the global space industry… However, a lot of the images there needed to be scanned at full resolution… and I just couldn’t afford to do it myself, so that’s when this GoFundMe idea started.”
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia KH-7 Declassified, 1966-04-25 (left). John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. KH-9.16 Declassified, 1980-09-08 (right).
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on the Soar. platform (left). Close up of the Kennedy Space Center, Florida (right).
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. International Space Station imagery on the Soar platform (left). Close up of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China.(right).