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Bluesky National Tree Map shows changing face of Sevenoaks

August 26, 2021By
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A new map detailing the location, height and canopy for trees more than 3 meters in height is helping Sevenoaks District Council manage its iconic ancient trees and natural woodland. Derived from Bluesky’s National Tree Map, which provides geospatial intelligence for more than 300 million trees across the United Kingdom, the data has already been used to create a district-wide... read more

Indiana city increases citizen engagement with user-friendly GIS program

August 25, 2021By
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In 2019, the City of Hobart Sanitary and Stormwater District (HSD) in Hobart, Indiana, recognized the benefits of geospatial technology and location intelligence to transform the city. HSD reached out to Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) to write and implement a geographic information system (GIS) strategic plan. GTG is one of the world’s leading local government GIS companies, working to advance... read more

Saudi CubeSat to launch in 2022 for ecosystem research

August 16, 2021By
A rendering of a 6U CubeSat. (Credit: Spire Global)

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Spire Global will launch the KAUST CubeSat research satellite by the end of 2022, according to the university. Spire is a space data, analytics and services provider. The research satellite will in collecting high-quality, high-resolution data for terrestrial, coastal and ocean ecosystems for a three-year period after launch, according to Matthew... read more

WingtraOne GEN II debuts for professional VTOL flights

August 5, 2021By
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A new vertical-take0ff-and-landing (VTOL) drone — the WingtraOne GEN II — is now available. The GEN II offers industrial reliability and mapping versatility with an oblique camera configuration for high-quality 3D drone-mapping data capture. Drone maker Wingtra spent six years developing the GEN II, and tested it over 100,000 flights. Its WingtraOne is being used by professionals worldwide across many... read more

Parrot, Verizon and Skyward bring 4G-connected drone to US

August 5, 2021By
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The Parrot ANAFI Ai is powered by Verizon 4G LTE and integrated with Skyward software to pave the way for near real-time data transfer, remote deployment and beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight operations. Verizon, Parrot and Skyward have entered a partnership to bring an out-of-the-box 4G LTE connected drone to the United States. The Parrot ANAFI Ai is an off-the-shelf drone that... read more

UgCS software updated for drone-based lidar missions

July 26, 2021By
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SPH Engineering has updated its UgCS software with a lidar toolset for UAVs. The toolset is designed to unlock the full potential of lidar sensors, making remote sensing more effective without human errors. Key features include precision calibration, flight patterns for route planning, anti-shake turns, and constant line spacing and buffer. The UgCS lidar toolset allows users to optimize time... read more

Spire awarded contract for Earth observation data

July 23, 2021By
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New task order continues delivery of comprehensive space data and opens availability to all U.S. government-funded researchers and federal agencies Spire Global,  a global provider of space-based data and analytics, has announced the continuation of its participation in NASA’s Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program with a $6 million contract extension. The contract continuation, Task Order 6 (TO6), is a... read more

Diving into real-time geospatial threat intelligence

July 14, 2021By
Nellis Air Force Base takes part in Red Flag 15-2 at its Combined Operations Center in 2015. (Photo: Senior Airman Thomas Spangler/U.S. Air Force.)

Real-time threat intelligence systems are looking for data signals that might indicate the next huge event. read more

Geospatial imagery shows activity at Iranian nuclear facility

July 7, 2021By
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A team with Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) used BlackSky’s geospatial imagery and burst collection technology to track and monitor activity at a secretive Iranian nuclear facility in a new intelligence study. The study tracks and monitors activity at the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran. “The BlackSky/CISAC research team demonstrated the power of combining rapid revisit satellite... read more

Charting Hong Kong’s nooks and crannies

June 24, 2021By
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Team Provides Accurate 3D Maps for Smart City Applications According to 2019 statistics, more than 10,000 residential buildings in Hong Kong are at least 50 years old. Most of these buildings lack 3D indoor building information models (BIM), which creates challenges when it comes to reconstruction or maintenance. In response, a team at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed... read more