PCI Geomatics now supports SPOT-6 imagery within its software suite. SPOT- 6, a new satellite built and operated by Astrium was launched on September 9th, 2012 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. SPOT-6 is an optical imaging satellite capable of imaging the Earth with a resolution of 1.5 m Panchromatic and 6 m Multispectral (Blue, Green, Red, Near-IR). The support for SPOT-6 will be available in the Geomatica 2013 SP2 product release. www.pcigeomatics.com
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is considering a “freemium” business model as a way of ensuring free public access to a multi-sourced database of land imagery of “national significance”.
Under the suggested scheme a basic imagery service would be provided free of charge. However, says LINZ, “we do not intend to provide a premium imagery service, and we are open to solutions that wrap a commercial premium offering around our primary objective.”
The premium service will involve extra value-added services, says programme manager Rachel Gabara; there will be no difference in imagery quality between the two services. Source: Computerworld
A bill currently before the New Hampshire House of Representatives Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee would “prohibit images of a person’s residence to be taken from the air by a satellite, drone, or any device not supported by the ground.” The bill was sponsored by Representatives Neal Kurk, a Republican representing the Hillsborough region of the state. The bill is still in committee, and in most state legislatures, that is where many bills go to die. The bill’s listing on the New Hampshire legislature’s website does not list any co-sponsors. www.aero-news.net