Hello, and welcome to this Earth Imaging-themed GeoSpatial Stream. I’m your host, Todd Danielson, and today’s Lead Sponsor is Bentley Systems.
Today’s Top Story is Sentinel-1B, which was launched by the European Space Agency on April 22nd. You know I love using rocket launches in the background, so enjoy this latest footage.
In this video animation, you see Sentinel-1B separating and deploying its 12-meter-long radar and two solar wings that power the satellite. The radar is capable of seeing through rain and clouds, whether day or night.
Sentinel-1B joins its twin satellite, Sentinel-1A, which was launched in April 2014, allowing the duo to cover the entire planet every six days for environmental monitoring such as Arctic sea ice and spills; forest, water and soil management; land monitoring; and mapping to support humanitarian and crisis response.
For more information on the Sentinel mission, the satellites’ capabilities and how they’re being used, visit the Earth Imaging Journal Web site (www.eijournal.com), which will share ongoing updates.
That was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more news after this interview clip of Greg Bentley, the CEO of Bentley Systems, at the recent SPAR 3D Expo and Conference.
Also recently published on the Earth Imaging Journal Website were two stories about very interesting applications of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) or drone technology.
The first describes how a 3D-printed UAS, built by the University of Southampton and believed to be the first of its kind, is helping the British Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship HMS Protector navigate through Antarctic seas.
The second reports on Micro Aerial Vehicles or MAVs, tiny drones that can fit in your hand, which are expected to have a $91 billion dollar economic impact over the coming decade for uses in inspection, mapping and surveying, search and rescue, and who knows what else.
Again, check out the Website for full details.
And here’s an interesting video clip from NASA based on a recent study concluding that rising carbon-dioxide levels have spurred significant greening across a large portion of the Earth.
In industry headlines, 5D Robotics acquired industrial assets and intellectual property of Aerial MOB, leading to the formation of the 5D Aerial division, which provides 3D mapping, photogrammetry, thermal and multi-spectral imagery data.
LizardTech launched a completely redesigned Website, featuring the latest version of its GeoExpress image-compressing software.
The U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, which runs the upcoming GEOINT conference being held May 15-18 in Orlando, Florida, added its first international accredited GEOINT program at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugul.
And Teledyne Optech released the latest addition to its line of airborne laser terrain mappers, the Optech Eclipse, the first airborne collection system that integrates passive and active imaging sensors with fully autonomous data collection on low-cost platforms.
For today’s Final Thought, here’s a fun little whiteboard video about the Sentinel satellites and their capabilities. I’ll publish the entire video on GeoSpatial Stream.
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I’m Todd Danielson, and this … was your GeoSpatial Stream.