There’s no arguing that the topic of drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV) are a huge topic, particularly when it comes to data collection. Naturally, UAVs are also of concern when it comes to privacy. But you gotta admit that any technology that you can mashup to play a them from a James Bond movie has to be considered way cool! Here’s just another use for those drones you have locked in up in storage until the government lets you take them outside to fly a mission! Thanks to the U of Pennsylvania engineers for this
Archives for June 13, 2013
Sadly, another wildfire season is upon us and already we’ve seen some tragic events in California and now in Colorado. A reminder that Esri has a useful news map that shares data and updates on wildfires including perimeter maps, social media reports, and other data fed through various government agencies (NIFC, GeoMAC, NHSS, MODIS, METAR/TAF, and the USDA Forest Service) .
The latest in the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites, Landsat 8, officially began its mission on May 30. The purpose is to extend an unparalleled four-decade record of Earth’s land surface as seen from space. NASA launched the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite on February 11. Since then, NASA mission engineers and scientists, with USGS collaboration, have been putting the satellite through its paces – steering it into its orbit, focusing the instruments, calibrating the detectors, and collecting test images. Now fully mission-certified, the satellite will be transferred to USGS operational control and renamed Landsat 8. The specs:
The technical capabilities of Landsat 8 move forward in three areas in comparison to Landsat 7: increased spectral coverage; higher data precision (the ultimate resolution is not changed); and increased quantity of data collection (60% more scenes per day).