Geneva Digital Atlas


While we might not be able to see the thousands of metal objects hovering over our heads day and night, we certainly benefit from their existence 24/7. Satellites provide critical services in communications, internet connection for small area coverage, Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation, and weather monitoring (among other uses). 

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is involved in assigning frequencies and positions for Geostationary Equatorial Orbit (GEO) satellites and orbital characteristics for non-GEO satellites. And there’s a growing number of space operations by private actors, governments, and intergovernmental organisations alike. For instance, the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO’s) Global Observing System collects crucial weather data from 17 satellites, tracking climate change via real-time updates and satellite images worldwide.