Steve Wozniak's space company wants to be a 'ride share' for satellites
August 2, 2023
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s space start-up Privateer aims to bring satellite access to the masses through a global online marketplace. Satellite-based data is primarily available to governments, but the company hopes to create a way for private citizens to share the cost of accessing a satellite, potentially bringing the cost down to $50 per image instead of the average price of $500.
The idea of the marketplace sounds simple. Customers who are searching for regional data similar to another individual will be able to share the cost to use the nearest satellite and collect the data. Privateer will use various software tools to assist satellite operators with providing the best regional data for customers including artificial intelligence learning. The company has also introduced Pono, a payload satellite attachment that will better assist satellites with processing data.