Earlier this year, exactEarth began operating the single largest AIS satellite constellation in the world. To emphasize the impact of that fact, we’d like to take you through a brief history of satellite technology. We know that satellite technology kick started to worldwide accolades with Sputnik I. With that singular launch of a satellite that was a metallic ball with a 58cm diameter, weighing 83.6kg, the real-life space age was born. In the 60 years that have followed, space technology has leapt to human space travel, and global communication the likes of which leave no end of the Earth unreachable. How did we get here so quickly? Through healthy competition and our love of multitasking.