How Crowdsourcing and Open Source Small Satellites are Helping BOEM and NASA Develop the Next Generation of Animal Telemetry


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What do antennas on the International Space Station and BOEM have in common? Join our webinar to learn more about an ambitious initiative to improve how we understand ocean animal movements. Understanding the movements of large marine animals at varying spatial scales is a fundamental need for conservation, management, and research. However, this ability is largely restricted to a small handful of proprietary satellites.

BOEM and partners at NASA are working to accelerate small satellite technology development for the next generation of animal tracking systems. Researchers conducted a crowdsourcing ideation challenge and high-altitude balloon experiment to conceptualize the feasibility of a new telemetry network. Now, the team is moving on to a new phase of a technical demonstration project and will share the latest about plans for the year ahead.