DigitalGlobe has contracted Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation to build its next imaging satellite, WorldView-3. ITT Corporation has been contracted to build the imaging system, which will be capable of capturing 8-band multispectral high-resolution imagery. The WorldView-3 satellite scheduled for launch in 2014.
Bluesky’s Aerial Photopacks resolve boundary disputes
Bluesky has launched a new way to obtain irrefutable evidence for use in boundary disputes and other land based disputes or studies. The OldAerialPhotos Photopack contains; one archive aerial photograph of a location in the past and a corresponding image from the most recent aerial survey. It also contains A4 printed versions of the aerial photos, a certificate of authenticity, a copy of the archive search details and the supporting flight report from the archive scan (where available).
China launches new Mapping Satellite
China has launched a mapping satellite, “Mapping Satellite – I” developed by a company under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). It would be mainly used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out surveys on land resources, and mapping. The remote sensing information and test results from the satellite would promote the country’s scientific research and economic development, said the statement.
RS to strengthen UK disaster response
DMCii is leading a new European Space Agency (ESA) project to design and build a system for the UK civil resilience community – those tasked with responding to and recovering from disasters – putting space-based systems at their disposal. The system will be used for all types of emergencies listed in the UK’s National Risk Register but the project’s focus is on flood scenarios.
NZ quake cleanup
New Zealand’s emergency services are now able to access the spatial data and aerial imagery online to assist with the clean up of the earthquake damage. The online service, developed by the Australian Research Collaboration Service and known as BeSTGRID, is normally used to share data between New Zealand research organizations.
IIRS to study 14 major river basins
The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun, India has initiated a study of 14 major river basins in the country. The study, under Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) geosphere biosphere programme, will determine the land use and land cover dynamics in these basins. The project, titled, ‘Land use and land cover dynamics and impact of human dimension on Indian river basins’, aims at exploring the changes in river basins over the last 20 years, based on which future land use and land cover scenario will be determined.
NASA satellite data aid UN to detect global fire hotspots
The UN FAO has launched a new online fire detection system that will help firefighters and natural hazards managers improve response time and resource management. The Global Fire Information Management System (GFIMS) delivers fire data from an imaging sensor aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites to generate daily fire maps and images through a freely accessible Web interface. The system also dispatches detailed email alerts of the quantity and coordinates of fires, and it does so less than three hours after a satellite passes over burning land.
Russia is biggest buyer of India’s space images
Russia is the largest buyer of earth images taken from space by Indian satellites, Murthy Remilla, Deputy Director of Antrix Corporation Limited, told RIA Novosti. “Our main clients in Russia are the Defense Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry and the Federal Forest Service,” Remilla said.
RapidEye’s quick collection of the US
RapidEye announced that over a period of three months, 95% of the contiguous United States has been imaged. Almost 80% of this imagery was captured by the RapidEye satellites with less than ten percent cloud cover. All of this imagery is available for purchase in the RapidEye Library.
LockMart advancing on GeoEye-2
The Lockheed Martin team developing GeoEye-2, has successfully completed on-schedule a System Requirements Review (SRR), an important program milestone that precedes the Preliminary Design Review. The launch of GeoEye-2 is scheduled for 2013