Antares Rocket Explodes on Lift Off – suffers a catastrophic anomaly!

A tragic and sudden end to the Antares Rocket for NASA today as the launch went sideways, so to speak, and the rocket exploded shortly after launch.

This from the CBC…  The 14-storey rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp (@OrbitalSciences), bolted off its seaside launch pad at the Wallops Flight Facility at 6:22 p.m. ET carrying a Cygnus cargo ship for the International Space Station. It exploded seconds later. It “suffered a catastrophic anomaly” shortly after lift off, according to a NASA statement.

Tuesday’s planned flight was to be the third of eight under the company’s $1.9 billion US contract with NASA. Outfitted with a new, more powerful upper-stage engine, the Antares rocket launched on Tuesday carried a Cygnus spacecraft packed with more than 2,200 kilograms of supplies, science experiments and equipment, a 15 per cent increase over previous missions.



Drone Mapping and Selecting Your First UAS … err … UAV… err… drone… err

Ah yes, to drone or not to drone… Selecting one’s first drone errr UAV errr UAS can be a little daunting. Do you purchase from a local dealer who can guide and advise you and also hook you up with spare parts after an unexpected crash landing, or do you shop online and roll the dice? I’m scoping out a few options for a personal airborne sensor and wondering which route some of you folks are electing to go… [Read more…]

DigitalGlobe’s 6th Satellite, WorldView 3, Takes Flight

Indeed a happy day in Longmont, Colorado today as Earth Imaging giant, DigitalGlobe, put their sixth satellite successfully into orbit today as WorldView 3 took flight from the Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site – congrats!

WorldView 3

WorldView 3 - WorldView-3 will collect super-spectral imagery at 0.31 meter resolution -- delivering 5 times the clarity of the company's nearest competitor.

See more at http://worldview3.digitalglobe.com/ and see also the official PR

Tasking your own satellite for data collection… there’s an app for that!

Yes indeed, recently, at the ESRIUC, Esri business partner, Airbus Defense and Space showed off their newly launched service that enables ArcGIS users to easily task a satellite (Pleiades and SPOT) for data collection over any area of interest. the service is now available through the ArcGIS Marketplace and boasts that users will receive their data within 30-60 days (See also the PR announcement).

Airbus Defense & Space Satellite Tasking at the Esri User Conference

Airbus Defense & Space Satellite Tasking at the Esri User Conference

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National Map’s Historical Topographic Map Collection – 178,000 historical topographic maps of the US

Here’s a fabulous digital archive with tens of thousands of maps for your viewing and printing pleasure! Available in time for the Fourth of July and able to be accessed on all digital devices, the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer brings to life more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006.

In 2009, USGS began the release of a new generation of topographic maps (US Topo) in electronic form, and is now complementing them with the release of high-resolution scans of more than 178,000 historical topographic maps of the United States. The topographic map remains an indispensable tool for everyday use in government, science, industry, land management planning, and recreation.

Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past

Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past

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Webinar Tip – Take Your Data to New Visualization Levels

Here’s details of a webinar of interest from Golden Software taking place this week at 2 times… Create stunning, multidimensional images by combining the functionality of Golden Software’s powerful visualization programs.

golden software webinar - Voxler

Details – The Voxler Compatibility Webinar will demonstrate the benefits of uniting Voxler with Strater, Surfer, and Didger software programs. The host will utilize these programs to transform borehole data into a publication-ready model. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will have a better understanding of the tools available to enhance your data visualization methods. Please note, while this webinar highlights the use of multiple Golden Software products, all products are stand-alone and are not required to be purchased together.

  • Who should attend? Anyone needing to display geoscience data.
  • When? Tuesday, April 15th at 11am Mountain Time & Thursday, April 17th at 3pm Mountain Time

Register for the webinar(s) HERE

For more information on Golden Software, Inc. products See HERE

CrowdSourcing Imagery to Help Find Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

A couple of efforts have been announced to help scour the vast collection of recently collected imagery for any sign of Flight 370 that may have been recorded by a data collection sensor. DigitalGlobe has a service known as Tomnod where the premise is that thousands of volunteers are asked to help scour through imagery to help identify features (debris, raft, oil slick etc…) and tag objects that could be useful in solving the mystery.  Tomnod has started a campaign to help in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 – see details HERE

Flight plan for Malaysia Airlines flight mh370

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Lizardtech Announces Express Server 9 with ExpressZip and 10 Cool things

This week, Seattle-based Lizardtech, the experts in image compression, have rolled out Express Server 9. After 10 years in development, Express Server at R9 boasts a painless, automated upgrade process for users [think upgrade in minutes while retaining all of your existing system configurations and migrating all catalogs] and something new and very cool for users, now included with Express Server is the ExpressZip web app.

Recall with Express Server users can quickly and easily distribute raster imagery via any client, including web and mobile. High visual quality is retained while support for all popular image data formats are supported including: MrSID, JPEG 2000, NITF, Geospatial PDF and more. Express Server runs in a 64 bit environment and as a bonus to new users, is available as a fully functional, free, 30 day trial (See http://www.lizardtech.com/downloads/express-server-trial-registration/)

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Visit Curtin University Australia via virtual 3D model

An impressive virtual 3D model flies you around the Curtin University campus (Australia) created with aero3Dpr. About the project…  Based on advanced aerial photogrammetry techniques, aero3Dpro is a 3D modeling service from Australian mapping and survey company AEROmetrex.  The unprecedented complexity, detail and accuracy contained in aero3Dpro models, combined with the ability to interact with and extract real 3D information of both natural and built environments, can be a very valuable resource for industries – see more http://www.aero3Dpro.com.au



Sanborn Map Company Purchases Visual Intelligence iOne n-Oblique Sensor System Solution

Houston-based Visual Intelligenc eannounced today that Sanborn Map Company’s extensive evaluation of Visual Intelligence’s iOne n-Oblique Sensor System Solution for oblique and 3D imaging has resulted in a purchase. Sanborn is the first customer to deploy this new and innovative aerial digital camera system, the industry’s fastest, most stable, accurate, and economical sensor for oblique and 3D applications. Sanborn will deploy the iOne n-Oblique for 3D mapping contracts it holds with its worldwide customer base.

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