Geoscience Australia (GA) will soon publish free satellite images in near real time. The images will be captured by the satellite Landsat 8, expected to launch in early 2013 and to be fully operational by May or June of that year. They will be published online under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence.
“We want to make as much data freely available as possible,” says Jeff Kingwell, the Section Leader of GA’s National Earth Observation Group. “We will move towards a system where we are taking Landsat data in, in near real time.” Data will be corrected to make it functional and then published, all in as close to real time as possible.