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Apple hires two former Google executives involved with satellite projects

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Apple has hired two former Google executives involved with that company’s satellite projects.

Joining Apple are John Fenwick, who led Google’s spacecraft operations, and Michael Trela, head of satellite engineering.

Fenwick was one of the co-founders of Skybox Imaging, the commercial remote sensing company acquired by Google in 2014 and later renamed Terra Bella, while Trela was one of Skybox’s first employees.

Google sold Terra Bella to Planet, another satellite imaging company, earlier this year.

Some analysts speculate that Apple is pursuing a broadband satellite constellation by backing proposals for such systems made by Boeing, although neither company has confirmed any partnership. [Bloomberg]


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