TAG: satellite imagery

Boundless partners with Planet to expand image access

A Planet image of Bingham Canyon Mine, Salt Lake County, Utah, taken March 10, 2013.

Boundless, an open GIS company, has announced a strategic partnership with Planet, the integrated aerospace and data-analytics company that operates history’s largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites. The partnership enables Boundless customers to access the massive library of high-quality Planet imagery and fast-loading imagery basemaps within Boundless Connect. Starting today, Boundless Desktop users can access this content through the Boundless Connect plugin. Planet content... read more

Top 10 satellite images tell the story of 2016

January 26, 2017By
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The year 2016 was full of political, environmental and global events that will have lasting impacts all around the world. In the spirit of pictures being worth a thousand words, DigitalGlobe is offering a top 10 list of satellite images that defined 2016. Here is the first, for January. Click here to see the full list. read more

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NGA contracts with Planet for small satellite imagery

October 31, 2016By
Autumn in New Hampshire on Oct. 17.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has signed a $20 million introductory contract with Planet that will provide small satellite collection and coverage of most of the Earth’s landmass. The agreement is a step toward harnessing the potential, capabilities and services of the small sat and commercial imagery environment. The NGA will have access to a global imagery refresh every 15 days of most... read more

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Lockheed Martin to launch DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 satellite on Friday

September 15, 2016By
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Lockheed Martin is set to launch the WorldView-4 high-resolution imaging satellite for DigitalGlobe aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Sept. 16. WorldView-4, also built by Lockheed Martin, will capture photos and data about Earth. With the WorldView-4 satellite, DigitalGlobe more than doubles its ability to deliver images of Earth at 30-centimeter resolution — sharp enough to identify the make of... read more

Free Landsat Viewer brings Earth into focus

August 23, 2016By
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A free web tool has been launched for browsing satellite imagery from Landsat 8 — the Landsat Viewer. The tool was created by the start-up company Eos Data Analytics. EOS Data Analytics is an automatic cloud-based GIS analysis service. It uses a combination of satellite imagery, geospatial data, customer workflow information and consumer behavior principles to create deep, comprehensive GIS analysis. The Landsat... read more

WorldView-4 satellite heads to Vandenberg for September launch

July 13, 2016By
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Final preparations are underway at Lockheed Martin to ship DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 Earth imaging satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base for a Sept. 15 launch. The Lockheed Martin team is completing final satellite testing and checkout before shipment. Testing includes calculating the weight and center of gravity of WorldView-4, completing a health check of major systems, and testing out image collection... read more

Mapping ‘Hell on Earth’

EMBER RAIN: The entire city population of 88,000 evacuated in a rush, many through falling embers from wildfires beside roadways. (Screenshot from “Welcome To Hell — Driver Escapes Fort McMurray Fire,” GlobalLeak News, YouTube).

On May 1, a wildfire ignited southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. At first, wildfire MWF-009 seemed like others residents had experienced — smoke and haze, but no real danger. Two days later, the winds shifted. read more

Sentinel imagery now works inside ArcGIS

Sentinel-2 Color Infrared Image.

Esri has enhanced its ArcGIS technology to simplify the use of free global imagery from the Sentinel-2 satellite launched by the European Space Agency. ArcGIS supports visualization, interpretation, and analysis of Sentinel imagery, which is of significant value in applications for forestry, agriculture, land resources management, and environmental monitoring. “Scientists and GIS professionals rely on consistent access to high-quality imagery... read more

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Can you dig it? Space archeology, virtual reality and GIS

April 28, 2016By
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Using aerial photography and GIS technology, historians, archaeologists and environmental scientists are able to look into the past and determine what actually occurred. GIS can play a huge role in archeological projects, and with the integration of virtual reality, the possibilities are even more exciting. read more

USGS partners with European Space Agency on Copernicus Earth data

March 16, 2016By
The Sentinel satellites developed by ESA are designed to meet the operational needs of the Copernicus program. (ESA illustration)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have established a partnership to enable USGS storage and redistribution of Earth observation data acquired by Copernicus program satellites. The ESA-USGS collaboration will serve scientific and commercial customers interested in the current conditions of forests, crops and water bodies across large regions and in the longer term environmental condition... read more