We've had satellites that can read the numbers on vehicle licence tags for decades.
Uh...says who? Certainly not laws of diffraction.
What is this obsession with shoving stuff into space? There are already so many satellites in orbit that we'll soon be at a critical point of so much space debris flying around that it'll be self generating and dangerous
Maybe with lower costs, some of this extra stuff could actually take the other old stuff out of the way?
The thing is, the news media report on what is unusual and what is likely to attract consumer attention, not necessarily in that order
I think the reasoning here is that while a "watch a dog make an amazingly complicated trick" news attracts news consumers as successfully as "watch an imperfect self-driving car cause an accident", only one of them is potentially harmful by means of feeding normal people's irrationality.
When I left you, I was but the pupil. Now, I am the master. - Darth Vader