Wars and disasters of 2023: a view from space

Maxar has published a series of images taken by its satellites. They show some of the most significant conflicts and disasters of 2023.

The war in Ukraine

Many of Maxar‘s images depict the battlefields in Ukraine. The first photo was taken on January 10, 2023, and shows the destroyed city of Soledar.

The ruins of Soledar. Source: Maxar

The second image was taken on June 1, 2023. It shows Russian fortifications in Zaporizhzhia region.

Russian fortifications in Zaporizhzhia region. Source: Maxar

The third photo was taken in late summer. It shows a Tu-95 bomber with tires attached to it. Presumably, this was done to protect it from strikes by Ukrainian drones.

A Russian Tu-95 bomber. Source: Maxar

Geopolitical events

But Maxar satellites have captured other conflicts as well. The following image was acquired on April 17, 2023. It shows burned airplanes at Khartoum airport.

Burnt out airplanes at Khartoum airport. Source: Maxar

A picture dated November 17, 2023 shows a crowd of people trying to leave the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

People leaving the Gaza Strip. Source: Maxar

Another photo shows a military parade in Pyongyang.

A military parade in Pyongyang. Source: Maxar

Maxar satellites also showed the process of Vietnam’s construction of an artificial island in the South China Sea. This is part of a strategy to combat China’s militarization of the region. The images were taken from 2021 to 2023.

Natural disasters

Maxar cameras have also been active in capturing the aftermath of natural disasters. In the first image, you can see the faults formed as a result of the earthquake in Turkey on February 7, 2023.

The aftermath of the earthquake in Turkey. Source: Maxar

The following image shows a swath of destruction left by a tornado that passed through the American city of Wynne. It happened on March 31, 2023.

The aftermath of a tornado that sweeped through the US city of Wynne. Source: Maxar

This photo shows the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. The picture was taken on June 7, 2023.

The eruption of the Kilauea volcano. Source: Maxar

Maxar cameras also captured a devastating forest fire on the island of Rhodes. The photo was taken on July 24, 2023.

A forest fire on the island of Rhodes. Source: Maxar

The following pair of images provides an opportunity to assess the consequences of the catastrophic flood that almost destroyed the Libyan city of Derna. The photo on the left was taken on July 1, 2023, and the photo on the right was taken on September 13, 2023.

The aftermath of the deadly flood in the Libyan city of Derna. Source: Maxar

A similar pair of images shows the destruction caused by a category four hurricane that hit the Mexican city of Acapulco. The photo on the left was taken on October 1, 2023, and the photo on the right was taken on October 26, 2023.

The destruction caused by the hurricane that hit Acapulco. Source: Maxar

Based on materials from https://blog.Maxar.com