Monthly Archives: May 2015

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5_28 Asia-Pacific Broadcast (Dinosaurs, Chinese LiDAR and More)

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This Asia-Pacific GeoSpatial Stream broadcast discusses project in Australia to digitally document dinosaur tracks via imaging technology; the Indian Seismic and GNSS Network, which passed the "test" of the Nepal earthquake; industry news from AAM Sky Geospatial Solutions and Takor Group; an interview clip from the Riegl LiDAR 2015 User Conference in China; a preview of the HxGN Live conference in Las Vegas; and more.

Exelis Aims at Small Satellite Sensor Development

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Earth Imaging Journal spoke with Craig Oswald, account manager for remote-sensing commercial markets at Exelis. We spoke about the smallsat market as well as maintaining high imagery quality while riding the faster, better, cheaper wave as Earth-observation satellites continue to proliferate.

5_21 Climate Broadcast (Antarctic Ice Shelf, ArcGIS Release and More)

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This GeoSpatial Stream broadcast discusses a NASA study on the shrinking Antarctica Larsen B Ice Shelf; Esri's new release of ArcGIS and its improvements and updates; industry news from Blue Marble Geographics, Boundless and BlackBridge; Nepal relief work geared toward rebuilding the area; Nepal earthquake data from RADARSAT-2; and more.

Harris Tracks and Responds to Earth Observing Transformations

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Earth Imaging Journal spoke with Bill Gattle, vice president and general manager of national systems at Harris, with responsibility for space and intel business (commercial and government) as well as geospatial, imagery and Earth-observing technologies. We spoke about sensing, processing and providing actionable information to the marketplace. The accessibility of space, commercialization of sensors and high-powered analytics is transforming the market and expanding the applications and insights.

Earth Observation Industry Alliance Looks Forward to Further Proliferation

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The Earth Observation Industry Alliance (EOIA) was at the International Space Symposium talking to commercial space companies about the future of Earth observation. Earth Imaging Journal spoke with Dennis Jones, chairman and president of EOIA, about the outlook for Earth observation. The goals are to promote favorable policy, a corresponding regulatory environment that's less restricting and more supportive of new companies, and a larger government budget to support observation missions.

5_14 Infrastructure Broadcast (Nepal Update, 3-D Mapping and More)

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This Infrastructure-based GeoSpatial Stream broadcast provides an update from the latest earthquake in Nepal as well as related maps from Caltech and JPL concerning the area's geology and effects; 3-D mapping of an industrial heritage site in Japan; industry news from Trimble, Leica Geosystems and IMAGINiT; Nepal relief work geared toward rebuilding the area; and more.

Ball Aerospace Delivers Science-Driven Sensors

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Ball Aerospace is a unique entity that delivers imaging instruments as well as full satellites, bringing scientists and engineers together to optimize sensor and spacecraft design. Earth Imaging Journal spoke with Tim Holden, director of advanced systems at Ball Aerospace, about sensor development, the commercialization of space and opportunities in remote sensing with increased temporal revisits.

Environmental Applications Hold Promise for Ball Aerospace

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Ball Aerospace has been involved with the commercial and government sides of Earth-observation satellites for some time, including instrument and satellite construction for DigitalGlobe as well as the primary imager for the Landsat 8 satellite. Earth Imaging Journal spoke with Cory Springer, director of weather and environment at Ball Aerospace, about the prospects for environmental monitoring, the need to continue the data record for the Landsat program, the CAVIS instrument on DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite that removes the impact of weather on the image, and the motivating role of the International Space Symposium.

Trimble Expands Hardware and Software Integration, Focus on Solutions

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Trimble announced an expanded portfolio of geospatial solutions for surveyors, engineers and GIS professionals. V1 Media spoke with Alain Samaha, Business Area Director for Trimble's Geospatial Software Solutions and GIS businesses, about these solutions, the ability to automate and add efficiency, and other trends that are impacting data collection.

Airbus Defence and Space Launches WorldDEM DTM

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Airbus Defence and Space released its global elevation model that was captured by the twin TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X radar satellites in 2014 and now is producing Digital Terrain Models based on this dataset. The 12-meter-resolution pole-to-pole elevation data are a major improvement upon the commonly used 30-meter USGS SRTM data. Earth Imaging Journal spoke with Gertrud Riegler, WorldDEM Product Manager, Airbus Defence and Space, at the International Space Symposium about this new dataset and its many uses.