Did you know that there are satellites orbiting our planet that are specifically designed to capture images of the Earth’s alpine region? These satellites, known as Alpine Satellites, have provided us with valuable information about this unique and sensitive environment. In our blog posts, we will take a closer look at what Alpine Satellites are and how they are used to study the Alps. We will also highlight some of the challenges and benefits of using satellite imagery for alpine research. So, if you are interested in learning more about these fascinating satellites, keep reading!

On December 5, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Alpine Satellite Services, LLC’s proposal to construct and operate a new satellite system. The proposed satellite network would provide broadband services to rural and underserved areas in the United States. The FCC is seeking public comment on the draft EIS until January 5, 2018.
Alpine Satellite Services proposes to launch up to 3 satellites into orbit that would provide broadband service to rural and underserved areas in the United States. The company estimates that the new satellite system would reach more than 1 million households and businesses that lack access to high-quality broadband service. Alpine Satellite Services has also pledged to make its service available at no cost to qualifying schools, libraries, and health care facilities.