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Addition to LiDAR technology

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Midaz Lasers Ltd. will work together on a development program to use alexandrite lasers to replace Nd:YAG lasers as the dominant source for LiDAR applications. LiDAR is currently dominated by YAG lasers as the laser source of choice but they can suffer from low efficiency and applications are restricted by lack of wavelength tunability which severely limits the scientific data they can acquire.

UltraMap 2.0 Photogrammetric software

Vexcel Imaging GmbH will roll out release 2.0 of its UltraMap photogrammetric software. It includes features for managing data download, distributed processing using load balancing and resource management, aerial triangulation, and interactive data visualization for quality control.

Demoportal with Russian Marine Satellite Data

The ScanEx Centre opened the web-portal “Kosmosnimki – the Seas of Russia”. It contains satellite and supporting information on environmental condition and shipping situation in the marine areas of the country obtained through satellite imagery in 2008-2009. The information published on the geoservice will be updated and also supplemented.

TerraPix Camera Module

Geospatial Systems Inc. (GSI) launched the TerraPix KCM-MS camera. Based on GSI’s MS-4100 Multi-Spectral Camera; the KCM-MS is upgraded with features of GSI’s metric cameras including a Ruggedized Construction of sensor/lens assembly and other features.

PCI Geomatics offers additional sensor support

PCI Geomatics is offering support for the Leica Geosystems ADS40 and ADS80 Digital Aerial Camera within its Geomatica® software.

Malaysia will task TerraSAR-X Satellite directly

Infoterra and its Malaysian partner IMS have now installed a TerraSAR-X Virtual Ground Station at the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) in Kuala Lumpur: following the delivery and installation of all necessary technical equipment as well as thorough training on the planning and ordering tool.

GeoEye-1 commercial ops in Saudi Arabia

GeoEye announced it’s Regional Affiliate, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) began directly downlinking high-resolution satellite imagery from the GeoEye-1 Earth-imaging satellite. It has the exclusive right to sell GeoEye-1 imagery in Saudi Arabia.

DMCii 22m multi-spectral imagery

DMCii has introduced 22m imagery to its geospatial image library, complementing its extensive 32m imagery. The new data offers double the number of image pixels per hectare to boost the effectiveness of the DMC system for precision agriculture and deforestation monitoring.

Containing malaria transmission with RS

Satellite imaging is being used to locate potential mosquito breeding sites in southern Zambia, in a bid to reduce malaria transmission in the area. Researchers use the data, containing information such as soil moisture and water drainage patterns, to identify areas where the mosquitoes live and breed.

New set of Landsat imagery available

A new collection of selected Landsat earth images worldwide, Global Land Survey 2005 (GLS2005), is now available for free download to any user around the globe. Under a long-term partnership, the US Geological Survey and NASA periodically selected and processed thousands of the best-available Landsat satellite images, or “scenes,” into a Global Land Survey, recording baseline conditions across the Earth’s land surface such as forest cover, urban sprawl, cropland areas, glacier size, regional snow cover, drought status, wildfire scars, and coastal features.

China to build receiving station in Antarctica

China plans to build a remote-sensing satellite receiving station in Antarctica to better monitor the global ocean environment. The receiving station will mainly receive information sent out by ocean satellites, and acquire updates on ocean water colour, ocean dynamic environment and the polar region environment.

China launches ‘Yaogan VII’ satellite

China has launched the remote-sensing satellite, ‘Yaogan VII’ from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern Gansu Province. The satellite will be mainly used for scientific experiment, land resources survey, crop yield estimates and disaster prevention and reduction.

ENVI supports RapidEye Sensors

RapidEye announced that ENVI 4.7 from ITT Visual Information Solutions now supports RapidEye levels 1B and 3A data products. The new capability introduced in ENVI 4.7 provides users RapidEye satellite sensor support, the ability to orthorectify RapidEye data using RPCs, and extract DEMs from its stereo pairs.

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