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A detailed discussion on the impact of the existence of satellites in the world we live in

There is a high availability of relatively small satellites, and their materials are now cheaper than before. That has seen rapid growth in their manufacturing and, more so, launches. For the record, the number of spacecrafts orbiting the Earth, excluding now-defunct ones for one reason or the other, is about to hit the 3000 marks. People would look at it on a lousy note whereby there are chances of a collision. After all, the number of satellites that no longer work yet still orbiting the Earth is also relatively high. Space junk is terrible news, but it shouldn’t let us turn a blind eye to the fact that satellites do more good than harm. Let’s take a look at the good side of satellites.

First of all, it turns out that most financial transactions rely on them may it be for location, timing, or security in most cases. So, if there were no satellites, imagine how one would survive without some things. Subscribing your Netflix every month could be a big hustle or, to make matters worse, impossible. The same case with stock market transactions, ATM transactions, Google Pay, and many other online payment systems. After all, the providers of these services rely heavily on Global Navigation Satellite Systems. They include America’s GPS, Russian GLONASS, and Europe’s Galileo. They ensure that financial transactions occur at precise timing, especially in fluctuating cases such as stock markets.

Besides money, satellites have also played a huge role in saving lives. As climate change and its effects become more evident, readiness on Earth is seemingly lacking. That’s where satellite comes in to help with tropical storms, forest fires, and other natural disasters that are becoming more common with many dire consequences nowadays. They monitor them and study their behaviors as well. With such information, it becomes easy for them to respond accordingly, which ends up saving lives.

The likes of investigators, journalists, and activists have found satellites as the oasis of much-needed information. That’s because they are not controlled by things such as jurisdiction. Neither a country nor an entity can stop any satellite from accessing a particular part of the space. That makes them more reliable when it comes to information than even drones are aircraft.

Satellite networks are the only option when one is in the middle of the sea or ocean. Their existence has helped in tracking the ships and boats. If one is spotted with its beacon turned off, there are high chances it belongs to illegal fishers or pirates. Immediate action is taken before something bad happens.

Others are looking for alternative habitable areas, including planets other than Earth, conducive for human life. Last but not least, it helps in identifying the number of species, especially the endangered ones. It simplifies counting.

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