Earth Imaging Journal: Remote Sensing, Satellite Images, Satellite Imagery
Breaking News
Great Lakes Digital Surface Model Products Released to the Public
St. Paul, Minnesota – The Great Lakes Alliance for...
CHC Navigation Introduces the i73+ Pocket-sized GNSS Base and Rover with Built-in UHF Modem
The i73+ IMU-RTK is the most compact, lightweight and...
RMSI Appoints Arun Vishwanathan as Vice President – Business Development
Dallas, Texas: RMSI has expanded its global sales team...
Kavel 10 Aerial Mapping pioneers from the Netherlands chose Phase One PAS 880 system to improve productivity
Best in Class Image Quality with Outstanding Time-Saving Workflow...
Aloft Technologies Launches Geospatial Management Tools for Its Drone Data Network
Aloft Geo Portal Brings New Drone Airspace Mapping Functionality  to...

Click to enlarge image.

Rio San Pablo, as it empties into the Golfo de Montijo in Veraguas, Panama, is the “first light” from the International Space Station’s new ISERV Pathfinder Earth observation (EO) system. The image was acquired at 1:44 p.m. local time on Feb. 16, 2013. NASA hopes the new system “will really make a difference in people’s lives.”

Installed in January 2013, ISERV Pathfinder consists of a commercial camera, a telescope, and a pointing system, all positioned to look through the Earth-facing window of the space station’s Destiny module. ISERV Pathfinder is intended as an engineering exercise, with the long-term goal of developing a system for providing imagery to developing nations as they monitor natural disasters and environmental concerns.

The instrument will be controlled from NASA Marshall in Huntsville, Ala., in collaboration with researchers at hubs in Central America, East Africa and the Hindu Kush–Himalaya region. The researchers will rely on positioning software to know where the space station is and to calculate the next chance to view a particular area on the ground.

If there’s a good viewing opportunity, the SERVIR team will instruct the camera to take high-resolution photographs at three to seven frames per second, totaling as many as 100 images per pass. With a resolution down to 3.2 meters (10 feet), it will be possible to spot fairly small details and objects.

NASA image by Burgess Howell, SERVIR Global program.

Read the full story.

Comments are closed.