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A 2018 newspaper article reported: "Airbus, Bill Gates and Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son have joined to back a spinoff from Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures that aims to launch a constellation of imaging satellites “that will deliver real-time, continuous video of almost anywhere on Earth.”

"Russell Hannigan, founder and chief executive of the new venture — called EarthNow — said real-time video will provide a leap beyond existing Earth observation satellites that provide still photos and video clips sometime after a user requests the images...

"Aside from Microsoft co-founder Gates and Son, also investing in EarthNow is Greg Wyler, founder and executive chairman of OneWeb, a large, still-nascent satellite venture that aims to provide broadband internet access globally and has attracted investment of nearly $2 billion. " [1] update from 2020

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  1. seattletimes Airbus, Bill Gates and others back Bellevue-based video imaging satellite venture, organizational web page, accessed May 22, 2020.