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Groundwater pump monitoring with low-cost satellite connectivity saves energy and money

Groundwater pumps are an essential part of the California agriculture infrastructure. Across the state, 1 million pumps bring water from underground aquifers to the surface for agricultural water supply. Together, these pumps use over 7.7 terawatt hours of energy every year. That’s equivalent to 4% of California’s total annual electricity consumption. That much energy is […]

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Building a Satellite-Enabled Drought Resilience Network in the Western US

Inhabitants of the western U.S. are no stranger to chronic water shortages. From 1980-2000, major droughts and heat waves resulted in costs exceeding $100 billion. As climate change pushes average temperatures higher, soils already starved of precipitation are drying out faster than ever. Some have come to call this the era of the megadrought in […]

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Antarctica to the Azores

While Swarm’s network of tiny satellites often gets the most attention, our network of ground stations is an equally critical component of our ability to connect remote areas across the globe. The process of designing and deploying ground stations, from building to approval to installation, requires advance planning, and perseverance when things don’t go as expected. […]

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