Two Japanese communications firms are teaming up on a project that is literally out of this world. NTT and Sky Perfect JSAT are developing what they call a "space data center."
Under the plan, a network of satellites will be connected using optical communications. They will collect data as they observe the earth. They will then process the information themselves rather than sending it back to earth for analysis.
The two firms say the system will help with tasks such as quickly pinpointing areas of damage after a natural disaster.
They plan to launch the satellites from around 2025.