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. "  update from 2020
Resources and articles
- Roscosmos - "OneWeb was founded by former Google manager Greg Wyler and closed an $1.7 billion investment deal with Airbus Group, Bharti, Coca-Cola, Hughes, Virgin Group, Qualcomm and SoftBank. " 
- seattletimes Airbus, Bill Gates and others back Bellevue-based video imaging satellite venture, organizational web page, accessed May 22, 2020.