Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence

The government of the United Kingdom is strongly supporting the UK aerospace industry and Earth Observation is an important component of that. In January, the UK government Science Minister stressed the importance of space in the UK industrial policy and particularly how young people will empower this sector. The UK is especially strong in building EO satellites, with SSTL a key component, and Airbus building Sentinel satellites in Stevenage. The UK also takes a lead in innovative applications. The theme of this issue is Earth Observation and we have an article from Daniel Wicks which covers activities in the UK... (read more)
2018-03-15 01:02:13

Earth Observation Evolved - Engage Conference 2018

The Engage conference, organised by DigitalGlobe has become a fixture in the Earth observation (EO) calendar in London. Engage 2017, reported in GW July/August last year, detailed new uses of EO data, for example in businesses such as insurance and health, and the wide use of products such as DEMs; the increasing use of data analytics was also a major topic. This trend was continued in 2018 where presentations emphasised the development of platforms: the use of data from many sources in combination with EO data and tailoring services to customer requirements and partnerships. The event attracted a large international... (read more)
2018-07-10 02:33:13

Earth Observation: Plant Life Expanding in the Everest region

Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows. Scientists used satellite data to measure the extent of subnival vegetation – plants growing between the treeline and snowline – in this vast area. Little is known about these remote, hard-to-reach ecosystems, made up of short-stature plants (predominantly grasses and shrubs) and seasonal snow, but the study reveals they cover between 5 and 15 times the area of permanent glaciers and snow. Using data from 1993 to 2018 from NASA’s Landsat satellites, University of Exeter researchers measured small but significant increases in... (read more)
2020-01-13 10:17:43

Radiant Solutions Develops Optical System for Earth Observation Satellites

Radiant Solutions has been awarded a US$2 million contract by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to lead a team in designing, building, and demonstrating a next-generation optical telescope system for agile small satellite constellations. Radiant Solutions is partnered on this program with SSL, Maxar's spacecraft manufacturing business, demonstrating the power of combining unique capabilities from across Maxar to meet the U.S. Defense and Intelligence agency demand for small form-factor satellites. Radiant Solutions will provide world-class geospatial mission engineering expertise, augmented by SSL's decades of experience in providing powerful and resilient spacecraft systems. Both Radiant Solutions and SSL are focused... (read more)
2018-11-14 10:29:27

OGC Seeks Comment on Earth Observation Working Group

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is calling for input on its draft charter on a proposed Earth Observation Exploitation Platform Domain Working Group (DWG). The intention underpinning this proposal is to establish a baseline of interoperability between platforms offering access to Earth Observation data, to facilitate the linking of such proprietary portals and establishment of an ecosystem that may serve complex use cases that require many sources. In their call for comment, the OGC outlines a scenario that describes their vision: ‘A scientist assessing climate changes may need data across several providers – from vegetation indexes, to predictive rainfall models and more... (read more)
2018-05-17 12:59:24

Working at GEO and Earth Observation - Interview with Steven Ramage

Steven Ramage has spent most of his career in the geospatial sector working for Navteq (now HERE), 1Spatial, Open Geospatial Consortium, Ordnance Survey and what3words; with a short spell running Ramage Consulting and advising the World Bank and UN-GGIM. He has also been involved in location strategy, policy and innovation at various points in his career and worked extensively overseas. Geomatics World: Please give our readers some information on why you were attracted to work in GEO Steven Ramage: I joined the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in 2016 to raise awareness and share information about the wealth of freely... (read more)
2018-03-13 11:19:06

Earth Observation into the Future - RSPSoc Conference 2018

The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) conference for 2018 was organised jointly with the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and the Centre for EO Instrumentation (CEOI) and was held at the University of Birmingham. The meeting was a happy match of academic and institutional remote sensing covering new developments in technology and applications with the theme of Earth Observation into the Future. Sub-themes running through the sessions were machine learning, collaboration through partnerships and innovation. The table explains the mission of some of the partnerships. National Centre for Earth Observation NCEO NCEO is a research centre funded by... (read more)
2018-11-09 01:21:45

Copernicus Masters: An Important Innovation Driver for Earth Observation

Copernicus is Europe’s most ambitious Earth observation (EO) programme and provides full free and open access to data for the development of applications in a wide variety of domains. The Copernicus Masters awards recognise applications and ideas that are using Copernicus data to tackle important challenges faced by business and society. From 1 April to 30 June, Copernicus Masters participants can submit their innovative EO ideas for solving any of the 16 challenges offered by the largest number of world-class partners since the competition started. It is estimated that investments in the programme will increase to EUR 7.5 billion by 2020,... (read more)
2018-03-28 11:48:20

Space Enabled Innovation in Cities: Advances in Earth Observation

The Earth Observation (EO) industry is going through a time of radical and exciting transformation. No longer exclusively the realm of government and big industry, space is becoming increasingly accessible to the mass market. Exponential evolution of technology, coupled with reduced cost of manufacture and launch, has triggered a renaissance, which is capturing the imagination of the markets. Sensor technology can deliver extremely high-resolution imagery, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and video on a satellite that is as small as 400kg. New operating concepts and business models are also removing barriers to entry. This has led to an influx of private... (read more)
2018-03-13 01:41:44

New Partnership for Easy Access to Fresh Earth Observation Imagery

Airbus Defence and Space has closed a partnership agreement with Bird.i, a global platform developed for accessing the world’s best satellite, airborne and UAV imagery. Objective of the partnership is to allow real-time on-line visualisation of Airbus Defence and Space's freshest Pléiades and SPOT satellite images, and support the development of new applications and services across a wide range of related analytics markets. Set-up in 2016, Bird.i team has developed a plug-and-play Application Programming Interface (API) for mapping and location-based applications for a variety of needs, ranging from professional to leisure needs. As part of this agreement, Bird.i will have... (read more)
2017-02-28 09:07:12
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