Airbus to Develop CO3D Earth Observation Programme for CNES

The French Space Agency (CNES) has awarded the CO3D (Constellation Optique 3D) contract to Airbus. Under this agreement, Airbus will deliver a global high-resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM). Following launch, expected end of 2022, the Airbus-made CO3D constellation, comprising four identical satellites, will deliver 50cm resolution stereo imagery across the world on a daily basis. The data acquired will feed a cloud-based processing chain operated by Airbus and integrating CNES’ algorithms, to produce a cutting-edge 3D map of the Earth’s landmass. Designed to weigh approximately 300kg, the CO3D satellites will join Airbus’ fleet of optical and radar satellites, strengthening the... (read more)
2019-07-16 09:55:14

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)
2019-01-16 10:06:10

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

Esri Joins Group on Earth Observations as Associate Member Organization

Esri has announced its membership of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). The new GEO Associates category allows commercial and nongovernmental entities to apply to join existing member institutions in activities promoting GEO’s goals and ideals. GEO is an intergovernmental organization devoted to advancing the universal accessibility of open data and promoting sustainability resulting from Earth observations. Esri’s new Associate member status acknowledges Esri’s supportive involvement with GEO over the last six years, which has included the development of interoperability between GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) and ArcGIS Online, allowing global information in open data sites built on... (read more)
2019-09-03 10:26:03

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
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