ISS Launches Largest Ever Flock of CubeSats, Data Will Be Open to Public
A new fleet of 28 small satellites, called Flock 1… the largest single constellation of Earth-imaging satellites ever to launch into space, …began deploying today from the International Space Station.
Built and operated by Planet Labs of San Francisco, the Flock 1 small satellites are individually referred to as Doves. The Dove satellites are part of a class of miniature satellites often called CubeSats. These small satellites will capture imagery of Earth for use in humanitarian, environmental and commercial applications. Data collected by the Flock 1 constellation will be universally accessible to anyone who wishes to use it.
“We believe that the democratization of information about a changing planet is the mission that we are focused on, and that, in and of itself, is going to be quite valuable for the planet,” says Robbie Schingler, co-founder of Planet Labs. “One tenet that we have is to make sure that we produce more value than we actually capture, so we have an open principle within the company with respect to anyone getting access to the data.”
“Researchers who publish in high impact journals, such asNature,ScienceandCell, couldn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks, a recent survey has found.
In recent years, high-impact journals have taken a lot of criticism from some parts of the scientific community, accused of publishing non-replicable or obscure results, incomplete methods or science that is just plain wrong.
“Basically, the minute my first paper was published in Nature, I received offers of tenure from 5 different Universities” our source said. ”I have two funded PhD students, 3 funded post-docs and a $1m budget to set up my lab. The paper has been cited over 100 times. You think I give a *&^! what anyone else thinks? I’m made!”
Another respondent continued “We know there’s a minority out there who criticise the top journals, but 99.9% of scientists would love to be us. Papers in Nature, Science and Cell make a guy’s career and everyone else is just jealous. As for Handy Randy Schekman? Yeah, good luck with eLife, mate. A lot of people want to create a high-impact journal; very few manage it”.
Several of the survey respondents had filled their survey in using gold leaf pen, and one included a picture of themselves driving away in their Porsche.”