UNOOSA / GEO Discovery Day in Geneva

Discovery Day Geneva 2016

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Group of Earth Observations (GEO), with the support of DigitalGlobe, are organizing the Discovery Day 2016 meeting in Geneva on the 11th of May 2016 at the headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization.  It  will provide a high-level perspective on the benefits and applications of space-based imagery and space-derived geospatial information to monitor the effects of climate change, in environmental and natural resource management, and to respond to emergencies and crisis events.


Publishing Date: 

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 14:40

WorldView-3 satellite sensor completes its first operating year

WorldView-3 getting ready for its launch one year ago (Image: DigitalGlobe)

The WorldView-3 satellite sensor has completed a successful year in orbit after its launch on August 13, 2014. During this year it has contributed to disaster and humanitarian efforts in critical situations such as the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015.

The advanced fourth-generation satellite WorldView-3 was licensed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and contributed to DigitalGlobe’s constellation being its first super-spectral and high resolution commercial satellite.


Publishing Date: 

Tue, 18/08/2015 - 11:25

GEOINT Hackathon

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

The goal of the Hackaton is to bring together and introduce both non-GEOINT and GEOINT-savvy coders to interesting problems requiring inventive coding solutions. In addition to enabling participation from the non-GEOINT coding world, the end result will be a working code base that performs a specifically requested set of functions or provides answers as outputs.






12/06/2015 to 14/06/2015


DigitalGlobe Office

Venue City: 

Herndon, Virginia

Venue Country: 

  • United States of America

Event Organisers: 

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF)

Language of event: 


Volunteers mapped Nepal’s Earthquake within 48 hours

Dharahara tower in Kathmandu before and after the earthquake (Image: DigitalGlobe)

The same day a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, digital volunteers from all over the world began to map the affected areas. Based on data and satellite imagery the created maps help first responders, before they even hit the ground, on search, rescue and relief operations.


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Thu, 07/05/2015 - 11:12

UN-SPIDER participates in DigitalGlobe ENGAGE 2015 Conference

The Engage2015 conference brought together professionals from the earth observation field and decision makers worldwide (Image: DigitalGlobe)

DigitalGlobe organised this week, 27 to 29 April, the ENGAGE 2015 conference in London. It  focused on the importance of geospatial information and tools to help overcome challenges.

This event brought together professionals from the earth observation field and representatives of some of the world’s most eminent organisations across energy, mining, environment, agriculture, global development organisations and location based services,.

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Thu, 30/04/2015 - 10:14

Digital Globe: First complete satellite imagery base map of Africa now available

All african countries are covered in the first complete satellite imagery base map of the continent. (Image: NASA)

DigitalGlobe announced on 28 April 28 the first complete and consistent high resolution satellite imagery base map for Africa. The map is unique through its high level of detail: a 50 cm ground resolution for all countries in Africa. It is the first map that covers the whole continent and not only small areas of interest.


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Tue, 28/04/2015 - 11:32

DigitalGlobe: Community to help map damage in Vanuatu through Tomnod

Tomnod calls for crowdsourcing volunteers to help map Vanuatu (Image: Tomnod)

DigitalGlobe's Tomnod programme is asking its crowdsourcing volunteers to map the damage caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

Tomnod is a programme using crowdsourcing to identify objects and places in satellite images. Volunteers can use satellite images to help recovering from disasters as the category 5 cyclone in the island nation of Vanuatu, which has destroyed the basic infrastructure leaving thousands of people displaced. Users can switch between pre-event and post-event imagery to help determine the exact situation.


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Wed, 25/03/2015 - 12:18

DigitalGlobe: End of QuickBird mission

QuickBird's final image showing Port Elizabeth in South Africa

On 27 January, the QuickBird Earth Observation satellite re-entered Earth’s atmosphere after 13 years in orbit. It was a satellite of the imagery provider DigitalGlobe and the company's oldest satellite.

DigitalGlobe stated in a press release: "QuickBird made more than 70,000 trips around the planet, capturing some 636 million square kilometers of high-resolution earth imagery that contributed to humanity’s understanding of our changing planet."


Publishing Date: 

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 12:57

DigitalGlobe prolongs useful lives of WorldView satellite mission

Earth seen from Space

On 18 December 2014, leading global provider of high-resolution earth observation data DigitalGlobe announced the extension of the useful lives of two of its satellites, namely WorldView-1 and WorldView-2.

Furthermore, the company has also assigned an initial useful life to its newest satellite, WorldView-3.

“We have now completed an extended period of investment in building out the world’s leading earth observation capability,” said Jeffrey R. Tarr, CEO of DigitalGlobe.

Publishing Date: 

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 10:53

SWIR sensor: Seeing through active fire smoke

SWIR on WorldView-3 can see through dense fire smoke detecting hot spots and flame fronts.

DigitalGlobe latest Earth Observation satellite launched, WorldView-3, includes a shortwave infrared sensor (SWIR) that can see through thick smoke clouds of active fires on the ground. SWIR can thus provide unique and important information for fire response efforts by locating flame fronts and hot spots. What is more is that SWIR can even estimate where the fire is burning the hottest.

Publishing Date: 

Wed, 24/09/2014 - 13:21


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