Imagery

Airbus and SSC join on Pléiades Neo for Earth observation

April 2, 2019By
Pléiades Neo satellite. (Photo: Airbus DS)

Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Airbus have signed a contract for SSC ground segment support services to the new Pléiades Neo constellation of high resolution Earth Observation satellites. The contract marks an important step in the long-term partnership between SSC and Airbus, and extends the capabilities of both companies. The first two very high-resolution Pléiades Neo satellites will be launched... read more

TCarta to map seafloor around remote Pacific island nation

February 27, 2019By
Photo: TCarta

TCarta Marine, a global provider of geospatial products and services, has been contracted by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to provide a baseline dataset of water depths and seafloor classification around the Republic of Kiribati. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island nation is threatened by rising sea levels. “Most of Kiribati’s islands average less than two meters above... read more

Airbus launches OneAtlas service for GIS imagery, data

February 22, 2019By
The Ocean Finder provides a satellite-based maritime ship detection service. (Photo: One Atlas)

Airbus Defence and Space has launched The OneAtlas Platform, a collaborative environment to access premium imagery, perform large-scale image processing, extract insights and benefit from Airbus assets for solution development. OneAtlas is offering a 30-day free trial, giving customers streaming access to imagery, sample change detection reports, and global imagery and data layers, including the basemap and the WorldDEM. Besides... read more

Canada awards Arctic surveillance contract to Space Flight Laboratory

February 13, 2019By
Robert E. Zee, SFL Director (Photo: SFL)

The Canadian Department of National Defence has awarded a $11.44 million contract to Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) for the development of multipurpose microsatellites to support Arctic surveillance. Upon successful completion and testing of the prototype, two additional microsatellites will be built to create a small formation. The UTIAS SFL microsatellites,... read more

Airbus and Hisdesat process first TerraSAR-X/PAZ radar interferogram

February 12, 2019By
Flattened TerraSAR-X/PAZ cross-interferogram (geocoded) over Burgan Oilfield, Kuwait. (Image: Airbus)

Airbus Defence and Space and Hisdesat Servicios Estratégicos S.A. have generated the first joint TerraSAR-X/PAZ radar interferogram. This milestone demonstrates the missions’ capacity for cross-sensor interferometry, whose processing is among the most challenging. Interferograms are typically used to derive the topographic elevation and deformation of the Earth’s surface, and are created using at least two different images acquired at different... read more

Planet’s breadloaf-sized satellites capture Earth surface

February 7, 2019By
Paris, capable of going to 3–5m resolution. (Image: Planet Labs Inc.)

Planet (formerly Planet Labs) has put about 300 satellites into space, in charge of photographing the entire land mass of the Earth every day. The satellites weigh 5 kg (12 pounds) and measure 20 x 20 x 44 centimeters, about the size of a loaf of bread. They are packed with commercial-off-the-shelf electronics and are built in downtown San Francisco.... read more

Durham public works uses Nearmap to manage massive city growth

February 6, 2019By
Nearmap high-resolution aerial image of Durham, North Carolina, photographed Jan. 15. (Photo: Nearmap)

Location content provider Nearmap has partnered with the city of Durham, North Carolina, to help it manage infrastructure projects. The city’s Public Works Department uses Nearmap’s high-resolution imagery to aid in managing all infrastructure data for the city, including the city’s $16 million a year Stormwater Utility Fund. “Having access to imagery back to 2014, we’re able to go back... read more

Bluesky with CityMapper captures cities in 3D

January 9, 2019By
St. Paul’s Cathedral in London captured in lidar point-cloud data. (Image: Bluesky)

Aerial survey company Bluesky International Ltd. is using the Leica CityMapper to capture major cities throughout the United Kingdom. read more

Global Mapper SDK updated for greater geospatial intelligence

December 3, 2018By
An elevation contour image in Global Mapper SDK. (Screenshot: Blue Marble)

Version 20 of the Global Mapper Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available, along with the accompanying Lidar Module SDK. Mirroring the most important capabilities of the desktop version of the software, the powerful developer’s toolkit provides software engineers with the means to embed the latest geospatial technology into their custom applications, according to software maker Blue Marble Geographics. Among the... read more

NASA releases satellite damage map of Camp Fire

November 26, 2018By
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena has produced a map showing the damage caused by the Camp Fire in Northern California. After two and a half weeks of historic destruction, the fire is now 100 percent contained. Teams continue to search the destruction — including the destroyed town of Paradise — for... read more