Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency describes ESAIL, a microsatellite that will soon be launched to help monitor ship traffic.
ESAIL is designed to improve the coverage of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) for ships.
While AIS is currently in use, the international maritime network has a very limited range.
ESAIL will expand upon the existing AIS system, makingok it possible to identify and track vessels all over the world.
Video Credit: ESA