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

Earth-i Receives £2.7 Million from UK Government to Improve Coffee Crop Yield

Earth-i, a European space company, has been awarded a grant of £2.7 million from the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme, which supports UK space firms tackling global challenges. The grant will enable Earth-i to launch the ACCORD programme in Kenya and Rwanda. ACCORD has been specifically developed to help smallholder coffee farmers in Africa improve crop quality and yield. It combines Earth-i’s high resolution satellite imagery with WeatherSafe’s data platform to provide extensive crop, weather and pest analysis - and shares the information via a mobile app. ACCORD will enable farmers to identify where more water, fertiliser or pesticides are needed to address unpredictable weather, pests, diseases,... (read more)
2018-02-21 11:10:25

Dan Wicks

Dan Wicks is a senior Earth observation specialist at the Satellite Applications Catapult, a not-for-profit research organisation focused on promoting the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. He is responsible for leading a range of projects in support of the exploitation of data from Earth observation satellites and is experienced in developing new geo-enabled commercial applications across a range of market sectors. He is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. (read more)
2018-07-11 04:33:52

UrtheCast Announces Revenue Backlog for UrtheDaily Constellation

UrtheCast has signed binding data subscription agreements for the UrtheDaily Constellation totalling in excess of CAD100 million. Consisting of three anchor customers and multiple incremental customers, these long-term revenue commitments contribute to a consistent UrtheDaily revenue stream over contract durations of between four and seven years. These binding revenue commitments from a diverse group of market leaders demonstrate a widespread recognition of the UrtheDaily Constellation as a best-in-class technology and a clear game-changer in the Earth Observation industry, stated UrtheCast’s president and CEO, Wade Larson. They have now grown the stable, highly predictable revenue stream underlying the UrtheDaily business to... (read more)
2017-12-11 02:32:28

Sentinel-5P Successfully Launched to Monitor Atmospheric Pollution

Sentinel-5 Precursor, the newest satellite developed for the Copernicus global monitoring programme, was successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. Sentinel-5 will collect and provide timely atmospheric chemistry data for Copernicus and features the TROPOMI (TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument) instrument, developed by Airbus DS Netherlands for the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Netherlands Space Office. TROPOMI will measure ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, methane, formaldehyde and other atmospheric pollutants at a higher resolution than previous instruments. It will map this data daily, in resolution as high as 7 kilometres x 3.5 kilometres. The data will be made open and available... (read more)
2017-10-30 04:04:03

Over 36,000 Historical RADARSAT-1 Satellite Images Now Freely Available

The Canadian Space Agency and the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation are making RADARSAT-1 synthetic aperture radar images of Earth available to researchers, industry and the public at no cost. The 36,500 images are available through the Government of Canada's Earth Observation Data Management System. The RADARSAT-1 dataset is valuable for testing and developing techniques to reveal patterns, trends and associations that researchers may have missed when RADARSAT-1 was in operation. Access to these images will allow Canadians to make comparisons over time, for example, of sea ice cover, forest growth or deforestation, seasonal changes and the effects of climate change, particularly... (read more)
2019-04-04 11:09:12

Copernicus Offers 40cm Imagery from European Space Imaging

The European Space Agency has released an updated version of the Copernicus Data Access Portfolio offering 40cm imagery from the WorldView-3, WorldView-2, and GeoEye-1 satellite missions. This is the highest resolution imagery ever offered to Copernicus users who are eligible to order rush image tasking through the service. These users include the Copernicus Emergency Management Service and the European organisations operating the Copernicus Security Service: FRONTEX, the European Union Satellite Centre, and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). “Very high resolution imagery provides the backbone of the Copernicus Security Service,” says Henning Götz, Copernicus Project Manager at European Space Imaging. “Seeing more of what... (read more)
2018-04-04 01:17:43

Ordnance Survey and EarthSense Map Clean Air Cycle Routes

A project combining Ordnance Survey (OS) geospatial data with real-time air quality data from EarthSense Systems is set to highlight clean cycle routes in Britain’s cities. Using a network of fixed and static air pollution sensors, EarthSense is producing city-wide visualisations of air quality. Combined with OS’s open dataset of greenspaces, the EarthSense air quality models highlight areas of higher air pollution, often along busy roads, and allow users to identify cleaner air routes, such as through parks or along canal paths. “By making it easy for cyclists to see pollution levels before they make their journey, we can help... (read more)
2017-10-18 11:10:54
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