Esri and PCI Geomatics announce Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program

Esri, PCI Geomatics, MDA and RapidEye announced their new Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program. The grant fosters innovative approaches to solving natural resources management problems and detecting and analyzing land-cover change by using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery from RADARSAT-2 and RapidEye 5m multispectral imagery.

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Tue, 21/08/2012 - 15:15

UNOOSA activates International Charter for Earthquake in Iran

Iran Earthquake

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER has activated the International Charter: Space and Major Disaster to provide satellite imagery for the two strong earthquakes that occurred in Iran on 11 August 2012. This international mechanism was activated on behalf of the Iranian Space Agency, host of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Iran. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the project manager for this activation.

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Thu, 16/08/2012 - 18:22

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Tracing Ugandan City Development with high-resolution Satellite Imagery

The American and Ugandan Red Cross have partnered up with the U.S. State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit and HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) in a project to trace the cities of Gulu and Lira in Northern Uganda using high-resolution satellite imagery. They invite and encourage all HOT members, followers and fans to join in and help them trace these rapidly expanding cities which are rebuilding after years of conflict.

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Thu, 16/08/2012 - 09:46

How to obtain ESA Earth Observation data

The European Space Agency (ESA) offers a wide range of Earth observation data. How to obtain them for your own use depends on the type of data required. The Earth Observation Principal Investigator Portal offers free Earth observation datasets, the access is granted after user registration. Other data, the so called restrained dataset, are products free of charge as well but are generated only after specific user requests have been filed through the same portal.

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Wed, 15/08/2012 - 15:05

Nasa and Raytheon complete negotiations for a major weather role

NASA and Raytheon have signed the contracts for the spacecraft and instruments that include the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), NOAA’s next generation operational polar-orbiting satellite, planned to launch in 2017. JPSS-1 will be the successor of the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite and continue weather and environmental observation. JPSS-1 will be used for numerical weather prediction models, and environmental and climate monitoring.

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Mon, 13/08/2012 - 11:31

African Risk Capacity: a new project for disaster management

The African Union recently established the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Secretariat, a specialized agency whose main goals are to reduce disaster risk to droughts, floods, earthquakes and cyclones; and to lessen hunger and food crisis in the African countries hit by drought. With this purpose the experts will use satellite weather surveillance technology and software developed by the UN World Food Programme.

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Tue, 07/08/2012 - 11:11

Astrium completes 50th consecutive Ariane 5 launch

Astrium, Europe's leading space technology company, completed last Thursday 2nd of August the 50th launch of Ariane 5, continuing a line of launch successes unbroken since 2003. Another record set with this launch is the geostationary transfer orbit payload capacity of nearly 10.2 tonnes; that is 130 kg more than the previous record, and this has made possible to send two satellites into orbit in a single launch.

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Mon, 06/08/2012 - 15:10

New satellite SPOT-6 to be launched

SPOT-6, the new high resolution optical Earth observation satellite, built by the European leading space technology company Atrium, will be launched from India next month. . It will provide a wide view over a large area and it will offer enhanced performance compared with its predecessors and it is also lighter. It will have a service life of 10 years.


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Fri, 03/08/2012 - 14:21

Better disaster response through improvement of communication technologies

One of the major preventable causes for loss of lives during disasters is the failure of telecommunications infrastructure. Satellite communication networks are unaffected by natural disasters, but Broadband global area network (BGAN) satellite phones are too expensive for wide-scale deployment. By combining a portable base station with a satellite network back haul, emergency services could rapidly deploy a network to remote teams and headquarters to optimize the aid effort, and therefore safe tens, hundreds and even thousands of lives.

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Thu, 02/08/2012 - 14:44

USGS rolls out new LandsatLook Viewer

On 23 July 2012 the United States Geological Survey (USGS) made available their new LandsatLook Viewer. It allows comprehensive searching and downloading of full-resolution LandsatLook images, along with access to Level 1 Data Products. Users can find their area of interest by the text-based search tool in the upper right or by panning and zooming around the globe. The Select Scene button will activate when zooming in to a 1:1M resolution or closer. The default scene search uses TM and ETM+ imagery from 1999 to present at 20% cloud cover.

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Mon, 30/07/2012 - 09:49


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