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Oct 2008 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS – REMOTE SENSING


GeoEye-1 in orbit: 0.5m resolution imagery starting this fall

GeoEye has announced the launch and deployment of GeoEye-1, the world’s highest resolution, commercial Earthimaging satellite. GeoEye-1 will now undergo a calibration and check-out period before imagery products will be available for sale. GeoEye-1 will simultaneously collect 0.41-meter ground resolution blackand- white (panchromatic) images and 1.65-meter colour (multispectral) images. Designed to take digital images of the Earth from 423 miles (681 kilometers) and moving at a speed of about four-and-a-half miles (seven kilometers) per second, the satellite camera can distinguish objects on the Earth’s surface as small as 0.41-meter or 16 inches in size. Due to U.S. licensing restrictions, commercial customers will get access to imagery at half meter ground resolution.

RapidEye looking for partners in Asia

Ahead of the start of commercial operations in December, Rapideye AG intends to establish separate distribution channels in Japan, South East Asia, China and Australia. RapidEye has an online distribution model, which means anyone, anywhere in the world, can buy data as soon as it is acquired, all that is required is a valid credit card. The imagery is available for online delivery as soon as the purchase is approved.

Historic aerial images of Britain go Online

The largest collection of historical aerial photographs of the UK can now be accessed online. Launched by Bluesky, the website allows visitors to search through millions of aerial images dating back as far as the 1940s by simply entering a postcode, address or grid reference. Detailed search results, including the age and ground coverage, of every image that matches the search criteria are displayed and the visitor can choose to purchase either a hard copy print or digital image file.

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