Hello, and welcome to this Earth Imaging-themed GeoSpatial Stream. I’m your host, Todd Danielson, and today’s Lead Sponsor is Trimble Geospatial Division.

Today’s Top Story is Satellites. A bit vague, yes, but I ran across several interesting stories about satellites, and thought an episode celebrating those space borne objects was in order.

Let’s start with a great video describing NASA’s Servir project.

That was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more satellite news after this Trimble interview clip from the 2015 Esri User Conference.

I hope all of you are enjoying your spring weather … What’s that? It’s winter and freezing? I know, I thought that, too, but in the southern hemisphere, it’s spring. Crazy, huh?

And just like in the northern hemisphere, spring in the south is seeing its share of massive phytoplankton blooms in its waters. You’re looking at one such bloom seen from NASA-NOAA’s NPP satellite between the Falkland Islands, about 300 miles east of Argentina’s Patagonian coast, and the more-remote and further east South Georgia Island. It’s yet to be seen if these southern blooms will be as toxic and troublesome as their northern counterparts were.

And happy birthday to the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, which was launched by the European Space Agency and NASA 20 years ago to study the sun and its influence on our planet. Images such as this one showing two coronal mass ejections have led to a better understanding of space weather and its effects on Earth, including magnetic storms.

In industry headlines, Descartes Labs stitched together daily satellite images into a live map of the planet’s surface that automatically edits out any cloud cover.

exactEarth purchased minority ownership in Myriota, which develops hardware and applications for the “Satellite Internet of Things.”

General Dynamics selected Orbit Logic’s STK Scheduler software to enhance its NASA Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment solution to produce a deconflicted schedule for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System.

And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is using SimActive’s Correlator3D software to create 3D imagery datasets of vegetation for input into biophysical models.

For today’s Final Thought, here’s a video clip describing how satellites are keeping the seas safer for humans.

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I’m Todd Danielson, and this … was your GeoSpatial Stream.