This Monday, November 19 HawkEye 360’s first cluster of small satellites is expected to launch into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 as part of Spaceflight’s SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission, the largest single rideshare mission from a US-based launch vehicle to date. [Read more…] about HawkEye 360’s first formation-flying satellites to launch aboard SpaceX Falcon 9
Here’s details of an innovative and revolutionary new solution for tracking the millions of small vessels traversing our oceans daily around the globe. Central to this solution is a jointly developed new technology called ABSEA™ (Advanced Class B Satellite Enabled AIS) that, for the first time, enables low power AIS transceivers to be tracked from space. Small and inexpensive ABSEA enabled AIS devices, which can be easily installed on small commercial and leisure vessels with just a clip-on tamper proof battery powered unit, can now be tracked by the exactEarth existing satellite constellation.
This new solution offers customers real time near-coastal tracking using existing coastal AIS infrastructure and rapid update satellite tracking with exactEarth utilizing unique ABSEA technology when vessels are outside coastal range. This ensures that every vessel is tracked regardless of location.
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).
IT seems that like the Eveready Bunny, Landsat 5 just keeps in ticking… however, according to the USGS it may be that time has run its course for Landsat 5 and retirement is now looming near. This from the USGS… Landsat 5 will be decommissioned over the coming months, bringing to a close the longest-operating Earth observing satellite mission in history. By any measure, the Landsat 5 mission has been an extraordinary success, providing unprecedented contributions to the global record of land change. The USGS has brought the aging satellite back from the brink of failure on several occasions, but the recent failure of a gyroscope has left no option but to end the mission – See more
An interesting contest announced by the IEEE – an opportunity to get access to QuickBird, WorldView-2, TerraSAR-X, and LIDAR data and win up to $800 and an open access publication. The 2012 IEEE GRSS Data Fusion Contest is designed to investigate the potential of multi-modal/multi-temporal fusion of very high spatial resolution imagery. This year, participants will download three different sets of images (optical, SAR, and LIDAR) over the downtown of San Francisco and each participant will get to choose their own research topic to work with. Proposals should describe in detail the addressed problem, the method used, and the end result. Participants will receive a collection of images provided by DigitalGlobe, AstriumServices, and USGS that includes very-high spatial resolution QuickBird, WorldView-2, TerraSAR-X, and LIDAR data.
Here’s some information on a resource of interest – The Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP) is a research centre of the National University of Singapore established with funding from the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR) of Singapore. CRISP operates a satellite ground station to acquire data from remote sensing satellites, and processes the archived data to standard or value-added products for distribution and research. CRISP was established in 1992 as a Research Centre located at the National University of Singapore with funding from the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR). The Centre has focused on scientific research in the basic principles and applications of remote sensing technology. CRISP has been receiving, processing and archiving imagery from various commercial remote-sensing satellites since 1995. The Centre is a major international satellite ground station and research facility with a reputation for quality scientific research, technical competence and superior products and consultancy services. CRISP has achieved international recognition for its research on natural disaster monitoring such as forest fires, earthquakes and the Indian Ocean Tsunami. See more at http://crisp.nus.edu.sg
Google Earth users now have direct access to SPOT satellite imagery in the Google Earth (TM) environment, enter SPOT Globe For Google Earth Enterprise (fusion-ready SPOT imagery) The SPOT Globe offering includes the entire line of 2.5m SPOTMaps mosaics. These off-the-shelf products provide seamless uniform coverage comprised of 2.5 meter, natural-color SPOT 5 satellite imagery acquired in the past three years. Offered in regional and nationwide orthorectified mosaics. See more here or grab a sample from SPOT
Very cool seeing GeoEye all over the Friday, Nov 7 USA Today, Section A. The paper provided a detailed synopsis of satellite imagery, describing the uses of the latest high-resolution imagery available from the recently launched GeoEye-1 satellite. The article also touched on some of the concerns that there are for users of Google Earth having access to sensitive, high-resolution imagery. I have the think that the guys at DigitalGlobe in Longmont, CO were likely surprised when they opened the paper and saw GeoEye grabbing the headlines for a change! Recall DigitalGlobe has forever been garnering the spotlight, ever since the use of their imagery on TV news broadcasts and now a core imagery provider for Google Earth. Regardless of who’s getting the headlines, its great to see geotechnology hitting section A once again! See the full article HERE
Recall, GeoEye-1 was launched in September and the first images were released early October. For more information about the Sept. 6 launch and technical specifications of the GeoEye-1 satellite, see http://launch.geoeye.com.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with unclassified commercial imagery of the recently flooded areas of the American Midwest and is also providing public access to some of the images. You can locate the imagery at www.nga-earth.org and Google Earth users can use their KML reflectors which provide access to the imagery directly in G.Earth.
The latest imagery is that of the devastation in Myanmar (Burma) – These maps have been produced or facilitated by UNOSAT from public sources. See HERE for data