Airbus and SSC to Cooperate on Pléiades Neo Earth Observation Constellation

Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a contract for SSC ground segment support services to the new Pléiades Neo constellation of very-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 in mid-2020, followed by a second pair in 2022. The new satellites will join the existing Airbus constellation of optical and radar satellites, and will offer enhanced performance and the highest reactivity in the market.   Virtual single polar station SSC... (read more)
2019-04-03 11:11:57

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
2017-02-22 11:35:23

Earth-i Releases First Full Colour Video of Earth from Space

‘New Space’ pioneer Earth-i has released the first video taken by VividX2, the technology prototype for its Vivid-i constellation. Launched on 12 January 2018, VividX2 is the world’s first commercial satellite able to provide full-colour video of life on Earth. Weighing 100kg and measuring approximately 1 cubic metre, VividX2 is orbiting at 505km above the Earth and travelling at approximately 7km per second. At the heart of the satellite is an Ultra High Definition (UHD) camera that captures high-resolution images for any location on Earth – and also films up to two minutes of video at a time as it... (read more)
2018-04-18 11:04:54

UNITAR-UNOSAT and Radiant.Earth Partner to Improve Earth Observations

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), and Radiant.Earth have agreed to explore new Earth observation data innovations supporting humanitarian disaster management, global health, climate change, sustainable water management and cultural heritage. With Radiant.Earth's capacity in combining the best in discovery and dissemination with the latest trends in image processing, and UNOSAT's experience in satellite imagery analysis and capacity development, the two entities will collaborate to make data and solutions widely available to the global development community for overall support of the Sustainable Development Goals. The cooperation will focus on joint activities to raise awareness... (read more)
2017-06-20 03:37:19

Earth-i Chooses Spacemetric to Process Footage from Prototype Satellite

Earth-i has announced that images and video from its new prototype satellite due for launch early January 2018 will be managed, catalogued and geometrically corrected using software from Swedish photogrammetry and imagery specialist, Spacemetric. Earth-i is building the first commercial constellation in the world to provide full-colour video; and the first European-owned constellation able to provide both video and still images. Footage recorded by Earth-i’s fleet of satellites will be available for analysis within minutes of acquisition. Spacemetric’s Keystone software will be installed at Earth-i’s Data Processing Centre in Guildford, UK and will perform two vital processes: Pin-pointing the precise... (read more)
2018-01-02 10:21:17

Satellites Create 3D Height Map of Earth

The German space agency (DLR) has released a 3D height map of Earth. Built from images acquired by two radar satellites (TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X), it traces the variations in height across all land surfaces - an area totalling more than 148 million sq km. DLR is making the map free and open, enabling any scientist to download and use it. The map was made by the satellites sending down microwave pulses to the surface of the planet and then time how long the signals take to bounce back. The shorter the time interval, the higher the ground. TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X... (read more)
2018-10-17 10:10:15

How the Moon Holds the Key to Improving Satellite Views of Earth

Many Earth observation satellites make use of an added ingredient to ensure reliable, good-quality environmental data: the Moon. While the surface of the Earth is ever changing, the face of the Moon has stayed the same for millions of years, apart from occasional meteoroid impacts. This makes the light reflecting from the lunar surface an ideal calibration source for optical Earth-observing instruments. Now an ESA-led project has plans to make it more useful still. An instrument has been placed high on the slopes of Mount Teide in Tenerife, above the majority of clouds and airborne dust, designed to measure nightly... (read more)
2018-05-02 10:08:43

Earth-i’s Satellite Imagery Chosen to Monitor Tree Logging in Canada

Earth-i has been appointed by the Ministry of Environment for the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada, to help monitor the logging of trees across a forested area of some 3500km². The company will be supplying high-resolution images that will enable the Ministry to prevent illegal logging - and ensure sustainability and compliance. Canada is the world’s largest exporter of softwood lumber. Its forests account for 9% of the world’s forest cover and 40% of the world’s sustainable forests. To help protect its commercial forests from over-harvesting, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment has been using satellite images for several years. Following a competitive tender that attracted Earth... (read more)
2017-10-19 10:42:43
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