Who Owns the Satellites Orbiting the Earth?
There are a number of companies and government entities responsible for the satellites currently in orbit.
State operators are government entities that operate satellite networks for everything from weather to navigation to military uses.
The federal Landsat program is a series of observational satellites. The program produces a massive amount of mappable data for both public and private use: Search giant Alphabet uses Landsat data for its Google Earth and Google Maps programs.
In fact, all GPS-enabled devices use government satellites: The original Global Positioning System was a military program that was opened up to civilian use in the 1980s.
Geostationary satellites orbit the Earth at the same speed the planet rotates. They tend to be used by larger companies with small fleets of expensive satellites.
DirecTV maintains a fleet of over a dozen satellites suspended over 22,000 miles from the Earth. The greater distance gives each satellite tremendous coverage area.
Dish Network, the other major player in the direct broadcast television space, operated 11 satellites as of 2021, but analysts worry that mo
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