BlackSky Signs Agreement with HawkEye 360 for Geospatial Platform

BlackSky, a provider of geospatial intelligence, satellite imaging, and global monitoring services, has announced it has signed an agreement with HawkEye 360, the first commercial company to use formation-flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics. As part of the agreement, HawkEye 360 will provide API access to selected RF data for customers interested in global spectrum monitoring. BlackSky intends to integrate data from HawkEye 360’s RF satellites into the BlackSky geospatial platform and resell it to its customers as part of its analytical services. “This is a very unique offering that provides key markets such... (read more)
2019-06-06 09:55:39

How Earth Observation is Driving the Development of the Human Race

While the demand for satellite imagery and value-added services soars in the Earth observation (EO) market amidst the global space race 2.0, enhanced resolution is driving the creation of a queryable digital Earth. We are fixed on a rapid growth curve towards real-time intelligence in under five years, writes Kolemann Lutz in a new column for 'GIM International'. By sharing the true potential and benefits of real-time imagery, we can better help communities enjoy worthwhile life improvements. Hence, as the capacity of ecosystems thrusts towards a period of hyper-acceleration and an unimaginable reality, imaging satellites will be a key driver... (read more)
2019-05-27 09:11:46

UK is a Leader in Heritage Mapping

The mapping of historical cultural features, which we will call heritage mapping, is mainly based on photogrammetric methods. Mapping for this purpose has been going on for many years using a great variety of techniques. There are also many applications from conservation and archaeology to museums and public understanding. Early Developments The use of photogrammetry for recording buildings was introduced during the late 19th century by the German civil engineer and architect Albrecht Meydenbauer, and techniques and applications have been developing and extending ever since. In the United Kingdom, the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME) was a government... (read more)
2019-05-30 04:22:17

Students Scan the Past to Preserve the Future

Dr Pascal Sirguey had waited two years for this day and took a few final minutes to savour the moment. It was a sunny morning in early 2017, and students, historians and scholars had gathered in Arras, France, to attend the remembrance ceremony of the Battle of Arras in World War I. While 1918 marked the official end of World War I, the commemoration paid tribute to the little-known yet significant contribution of New Zealand to the war efforts in helping win the legendary battle. Sirguey’s efforts would document one more chapter in the Great War as its centenary approached.... (read more)
2019-05-30 12:52:19

Bluesky and Skyline Create Dynamic 3D Building and City Models

Aerial mapping company Bluesky is working with SkylineGlobe UK on a project to provide high-accuracy, photorealistic 3D city models that will be available as off-the-shelf datasets and via an internet streaming service. The new, dynamic 3D models will provide a visualization and analytical platform for smart city projects, transport and infrastructure planning, risk assessment and mitigation, development planning and environmental work. To create these unique 3D digital twins, Bluesky and Skyline will integrate leading-edge technologies. To capture the city imagery, Bluesky has deployed its hybrid oblique imaging and Lidar airborne sensor. Skyline is then processing and publishing the data into... (read more)
2019-05-14 10:19:10

Trimble SX10 Meets the Challenge – A Challenging Cliff Top Survey in Tintagel

Rugged, beautiful and steeped in Arthurian legend, Tintagel is set high on the North Cornwall coast where the jagged headland reaches out into the Atlantic. A spectacular setting, it is also one of English Heritage’s most visited sites. This is despite the link between the headland and the ruins of the 13th century castle – the legendary home of King Arthur – being a challenging scramble up and down hundreds of steps and via a modest wooden bridge. Access is set to become considerably easier thanks to a £4m project which will see a new 72m footbridge constructed high above... (read more)
2019-05-29 02:48:10

Ancestral Structures in Colorado Identified using Drone-based Lidar System

Culturally rich Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado, are managed by the Bureau of Land Management as an integral cultural landscape containing a wealth of historic and environmental resources. The Monument holds the distinction of having the highest density of archaeological sites in the USA. Most of these sites represent Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures. Local Crow Canyon Archaeology Center and the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument have worked at Sand Canyon, an ancestral Pueblo site in the area, for over 20 years. They required improved ways to better visualize the site to inform ongoing preservation.... (read more)
2019-05-29 01:50:16

TCarta Wins ESA Funding for Satellite-based Air Quality Service

TCarta, a global provider of geospatial solutions, has teamed up with King's College London to win funding from the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop an air-quality modelling service that leverages commercial satellite imagery. The service will provide organizations with accurate snapshots of existing air quality conditions along with modelling outputs to forecast how modifications in pollutant sources can change concentrations in the air over time. The TCarta and King’s team will match the €1.5 million awarded by the ESA ARTES 20 programme for a demonstration project that will generate air quality data for a number of major cities worldwide... (read more)
2019-05-08 09:21:11

SRI International Demonstrates InSAR with Radar Designed for CubeSat

Researchers from SRI International have successfully demonstrated Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) capabilities with a radar developed for CubeSat-based earth science applications. Designed for the power and thermal requirements of the space environment, the low-weight, highly compact sensor has the potential to improve short-term forecasting of geologic hazards and enable more effective management of natural resources. InSAR allows for a radar sensor to take high-precision images of an area of interest, such as a volcano or earthquake zone, and measure the differences in ground deformation across multiple data collection times. For maximum impact, InSAR measurements must be precise to the... (read more)
2019-04-25 10:32:28

Satellite-derived Data to Help Combat Cocoa-fuelled Deforestation

African Governments and the world’s cocoa companies are to have access to a tool in their battle to end deforestation caused by their supply chains. Using satellite-derived information from the UK Space Agency’s Forests 2020 Project, led by Ecometrica, the Ghana Forestry Commission has been supported in the development of a landscape-level map that separates cocoa from forestry, which is critical to measure how cocoa is driving deforestation. With over two million small-scale farmers growing cocoa in the Ivory Coast and Ghana - the world’s biggest producers - it has proven difficult to track where each bean is coming from... (read more)
2019-04-10 10:34:36
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