Ukraine war puts spy satellites for hire in the spotlight 2022-05-01 08:00:00


AURORA, Colorado – Ukrainian forces chasing Russian tanks and tracking the movement of troops are backed up by images from a growing number of commercial spy satellites, giving Kyiv access to intelligence that was once the domain of few governments.

Russian President Russian President Vladimir PutinHis attack on his neighbor coincided with a boom in the number and sophistication of commercial observation satellites, with hundreds now in orbit. Company officials say they pass the data on to the United States and allied governments, and sometimes directly to Kyiv authorities to help them fend off Russia’s invading forceas well as humanitarian groups to help them map the chaos and evacuate civilians.