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Industry Update

July 18, 2012

Industry Updates

CryoSat Satellite Goes to Sea The European Space Agency launched CryoSat in 2010 to measure sea-ice thickness in the Arctic, but high-resolution mapping of ocean-floor topography now is being added to the ice mission’s repertoire. The topography of the ocean surface mimics the rises and dips of the ocean floor due to the gravitational pull. Areas of greater mass,

June 12, 2012

Industry Updates May-June

 Satellite Heavyweights in Buyout Battle Facing federal budget cuts likely to impact government deals that provide most of their annual revenues, DigitalGlobe and GeoEye each have rejected unsolicited offers to buy one another. OnMay 4, 2012, GeoEye proposed to acquire its U.S. competitor DigitalGlobe. The proposed transaction would have given DigitalGlobe shareholders $17 per share in total consideration, payable

June 12, 2012

Saudi Crops Flourish in the Desert

In this series of Landsat images, sensors detected light reflecting off Earth in the short wave-infrared, near-infrared and green portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. With this combination of wavelengths, new vegetation appears bright green while dry vegetation or fallow fields appear rust colored. Dry, barren surfaces are pink and yellow. Over the past three decades,

April 12, 2012

Industry Updates

ASPRS Boosts Resolve for Moderate-Resolution Imagery The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) recently issued its third resolution calling for immediate support and funding to continue the U.S. moderate-resolution imaging program. More than 40 years of uninterrupted Landsat imagery has played a critical role in monitoring ongoing stresses on Earth from population, industry, climate change, land use and

April 12, 2012

New Blue Marble Image Captivates Millions

People love images of the full disk of Earth as it would appear from space. NASA science colleague Norman Kuring recently took some fresh data from the agency’s newest Earth observation satellite, projected them onto a disk and voila—3 million people viewed the image in a week! The above image of Earth’s eastern hemisphere was

January 24, 2012

Industry Updates Jan-Feb 2012

 ASPRS Approves LAS 1.4 Specification The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) board of directors approved LAS 1.4, a new release of the open file format for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data storage and delivery. ASPRS has been maintaining and updating the widely used specification since its inception in 2001. The most significant of the new

December 2, 2011

Industry Updates

DigitalGlobe Wins Value-Added Services Contract DigitalGlobe was awarded a one-year, $37.9 million contract via the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) under NGA’s new Enhanced GEOINT Delivery (EGD) program. The award will enable value-added support to NGA, as DigitalGlobe continues to meet more advanced imagery requirements and provide final product deliverables. In addition, the award advances the production capabilities of the

October 12, 2011

Industry Update

Antarctic Mosaic Comprises More Than 3,000 RADARSAT-2 Images MDA's Information Systems Group released a detailed new image of Antarctica for use in applications such as global climate change, shipping and transportation, exploration and environmental science. The image, developed in coordination with the Canadian Space Agency for the International Polar Year (2007-08), is a unique compilation

July 9, 2011

Industry Updates

ESA Seeks Innovative Uses of Earth Observation Data Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Zeil joined with European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain in launching the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Masters competition, seeking innovative commercial uses of Earth observation data from Europe’s flagship global monitoring initiative. Modeled on the annual

May 19, 2011

Industry Updates May-June

Japanese Satellite Fails While Imaging Tsunami Wreckage   Japan’s Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) may be lost after losing power April 22, 2011, while mapping the nation’s devastated coast. Engineers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were struggling to find what caused the 5-year-old satellite to suddenly lose power shortly after dawn. The satellite,

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