Monthly Archives: May 2015

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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.

After Quake, Engineer in Khatmandu Describes What Fell Down, or Didn’t, and Why

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Kit Miyamoto, a structural engineer fresh from five years rebuilding Haiti, spoke with Andy Revkin of The New York Times Dot Earth blog after a day inspecting Kathmandu damage zones.

Airbus Defence and Space Brings Laser Communications to Earth Observation

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Earth Imaging Journal spoke with Jörg Herrmann, head of business development for the EDRS SpaceDataHighway Programme at Airbus Defence and Space, at the recent International Space Symposium. This laser-based data-relay system provides high-speed, near-real-time data transfer for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and airborne (unmanned/manned) platforms (UAS).

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.

Improving the Economics of Space through Greater Access

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Surrey Satellite Technology U.S. (SST-US) is an offshoot of the UK-based company that has now begun manufacturing satellites in its Denver-based offices to more efficiently address the U.S. market. Earth Imaging Journal spoke with John Paffett, CEO of Surrey Satellite U.S., about its continued mission to change the economics of space. Their recent development of the FeatherCraft platform, alongside partners NanoRacks and Aerojet Rocketdyne, takes advantage of the ease of deploying satellites from the International Space Station, adding propellant to increase the utility and life expectancy of a 100-kilogram-class satellite platform.

Miyamoto Relief’s Kit Miyamoto Assesses Infrastructure After Nepal Earthquake

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Kit Miyamoto, the CEO of Miyamoto International and nonprofit Miyamoto Relief, reports from Khatmandu, Nepal, where he has been assessing the earthquake's damage to local infrastructure.

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.

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.

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.