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
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.
GeoEye has released the first images collected by the recently launched GeoEye-1 satellite. GeoEye-1 simultaneously collects 0.41-meter ground resolution black-and-white imagery in the panchromatic mode and 1.65-meter color (multispectral). This first image showing Kutztown University located midway between Reading and Allentown, Penn. see details
Here’s an interesting opportunity for you to donate to a charity and be the lucky winner to name a satellite being launched next month. The contest has very simple rules. Participants will be allowed to submit a name for one or more of the five RapidEye satellites. For each name submitted, RapidEye requests the participant to make a minimum donation of 10 Euro. More details on how to enter and win
From Down-under, Geosage has just today announced their latest Image Fusion and Pan-Sharpening Software – DOS-based HighView (Version 3.0). From the company… “This latest version is specifically designed to rapidly process a large volume of the recent generation of high-resolution satellite imagery (QuickBird and IKONOS) and the future GeoEye-1 and WorldView-2 imagery. “
Anyone with QuickBird and IKONOS imagery in GeoTIFF format directly from DigitalGlobe and GeoEye data vendors is invited to evaluate the whole range of image pan-sharpening methods and enhancement options included in the software. With this utility program users now are able to conveniently process full scenes of QuickBird and IKONOS imagery to explore superior fused results. A fully-functional trial version is available at http://www.geosage.com/highview/features.html see also more details here
A reminder that GeoEye-1 is Gearing Up For Launch this summer – Save the date, on August 22. the GeoEye-1 Satellite Imaging Sensor is Scheduled to Launch From Vandenberg AFB, CA, perhaps you might be in the area over summer? GeoEye-1, developed and launched by GeoEye, will be capable of acquiring image data at 0.41 meter panchromatic (B&W) and 1.65 meter multispectral resolution. GeoEye-1 will also feature a revisit time of under three days, as well as the ability to locate an object within just three meters of its physical location. This newly developed sensor will also be optimized for large projects, as it will be able to collect over 350,000 square kilometers of pan-sharpened multispectral satellite imagery every day. See more details on the launch here. See also http://www.satimagingcorp.com/satellite-sensors/geoeye-1.html
Have you followed Landsat 7 using EarthNow before? If not check it out the next time you have 3 minutes to kill. Follow Landsat 7 as images are streamed to earth from the Satellite. An amazing scene as you wander the earth and view some incredible scenery… enjoy – http://landsat.usgs.gov
Recall the launch just last month… well, today DigitalGlobe has rolled out the first images from the WorldView1 satellite.
WorldView-1’s first images include half-meter snapshots from:
Houston, Texas, USA acquired October 2, 2007
Yokohama, Japan acquired October 5, 2007
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia acquired October 5, 2007
Recall WorldView-1, built by Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation with the imaging sensor provided by ITT Corporation, is a high-capacity, panchromatic imaging system featuring half-meter resolution imagery. With an average revisit time of 1.7 days, WorldView-1 is capable of collecting up to 750,000 square kilometers (290,000 square miles) per day of half-meter imagery.
Images can be viewed at: http://www.digitalglobe.com/worldview-1_images.html
A new featured content layer is now available to users of Google Earth. Spot Image is bringing fresh content to Google Earth with a selection of the best SPOT satellite imagery from all around the world. Here’s what we hear from Spot… One World, One Year offers a selection of 50,000 SPOT scenes with the lowest available cloud cover acquired within the last year covering some 180 million sq. km. Simply scroll down to the featured content area (lower left) and select the Spot Image tab to reveal the One World One YEar option… toggle the layer to reveal icons. Clicking the icon brings up an image snapshot and options to purchase and get more info direct from the Spot website.
See also http://sirius.spotimage.fr/PageSearch.aspx and see the PR here