The following images, created by a radar satellite built and operated by a private company, are a foretaste of a future in which anyone can acquire the ability to monitor Earth's changes from space.
ICEYE, a company in Finland, shared these exclusive radar images with Quartz to demonstrate the capabilities of a satellite launched in January into orbit 500 kilometers above the planet.
In the two animations you can see how agricultural fields outside Havana, Cuba, redesigned January and February 2018, changes in irrigation and crops:
It is no coincidence that ICEYE took pictures of Cuba shared where the agricultural sector is opaque and under stress. "If you have a satellite, you want to show that you can take pictures of places you would not otherwise see," said Pekka Laurila, co-founder of the company.