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September 5, 2014

Catching Film in Mid-Air: Revisiting Yesterday’s Spy Satellites

Being a U.S. spy satellite in the 1960s wasn’t easy—it meant dropping its photos in a special “film bucket” capsule from space, which the U.S. Air Force then had to catch in mid-air.

September 5, 2014

Yellowstone Digs in Its Heels Against Illegal Drones

Yellowstone National Park no longer takes a “slap-on-the-wrist” approach to people who violate its ban on camera drones. It could result in a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail.

September 5, 2014

Recalling Hell with the Lid Off

During the first half of the 20th century, coal-burning power plants, factories and homes produced pollution that likely exceeded modern Beijing, one of the world’s most polluted cities.

August 28, 2014

First Ever RQ-4 Global Hawk Hits 100th Flight on NASA Mission

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 25, 2014—The first completed Global Hawk has made history again with its 100th flight in support of NASA environmental research. The milestone occurred on a flight from Edwards Air Force Base in California more than 16 years after its first flight in 1998. The aircraft is now at Wallops Island for a

August 28, 2014

KEYW Unveils Aeroptic Aerial Mapping System

HANOVER, Md., Aug. 21, 2014—The KEYW Holding Corporation’s (NASDAQ: KEYW) subsidiary, KEYW Corporation, will formally unveil the Aeroptic Mapping System August 22-25 at the 2014 National Guard Association (NGAUS) Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. With a 10-year legacy of mapping around the globe, Aeroptic is a fully integrated airborne solution that provides high-resolution, wide-area map

August 28, 2014

Northrop Grumman Cryocooler on Board NASA’s OCO-2 Satellite

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Aug. 20, 2014—A cool thing about space: cryogenic refrigerators from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) that chill satellite sensors to hundreds of degrees below zero Fahrenheit (degrees F) for maximum sensitivity. A new NASA satellite with infrared sensors provides the most recent example. The space agency launched Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 into space

August 28, 2014

OGC Approves Best Practice for RESTful Encoding of OGC Sensor Planning Service for Earth Observation Satellite Tasking

Aug. 22, 2014—The Technical and Planning Committees have approved release of RESTful encoding of OGC® Sensor Planning Service for Earth Observation Satellite Tasking as an official OGC Best Practice. Organizations that manage and depend on Earth Observation satellites developed in recent years a set of standards for communicating the complex instructions involved in tasking satellite-borne

August 28, 2014

ASPRS Establishes the First UAS Mapping Calibration Test Course

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 22, 2014—The first mapping calibration test course for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will be established by ASPRS at the Reno Stead airport, an FAA‐designated UAS test site. The course will include ground-surveyed targets of varying height, radiometric targets, undulating surfaces, “surprise” targets, and simulated flight restricted areas. The first UAS flights of

August 28, 2014

Jodi Hanson-Bond to Keynote Geospatial & Engineering International Conference

Alexandria, Va., Aug. 21, 2014—Ms. Jodi Hanson Bond, Vice President for the Americas at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will provide the keynote address "Doing Business Outside the United States: Positive Trends but Serious Challenges?" on Friday, September 26 during the second day of the Geospatial & Engineering International Conference to be held September 25-26, 2014

August 28, 2014

Leica Geosystems to Host Educational Event for Transportation Surveyors and Engineers on Battleship New Jersey

NORCROSS, GA, Aug. 20, 2014—On September 10, 2014, Leica Geosystems, in conjunction with the Surveyors Association of West Jersey, will host a special half-day educational event for transportation surveying and engineering professionals on the nation’s largest battleship, the Battleship New Jersey, anchored in Camden, N.J. The seminar will highlight technology advances that are revolutionizing the way

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