South Korean launch fails
The Korea Space Launch Vehicle 1 is thought to have blown up soon after take-off. The launch was South Korea’s second attempt to put a satellite in space, after a launch in August 2009 failed.
Commercial Airport Mapping Database by GeoEye
GeoEye has delivered the first commercial high-resolution airport database of Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad’s Technical Services Division (MAHB). This product meets the new ICAOs Area-2 and Area- 3 reporting requirements and uses IKONOS colour stereo imagery to create 3D models of the airport, terrain and any flight safety obstacles.
Pictometry imagery for Haiti
Pictometry International aerial oblique imagery of the earthquake damage in Haiti is being used by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to help strengthen Haiti’s devastated economic base by preserving cultural locations for tourism and commerce. Volunteers scan historic maps from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries then overlay the maps on imagery to locate the footprint of a structure on a historic map and match damaged structures to those on the images. Locations are then tagged as a potential historic site and are examined in greater detail.
Aerial survey of London in a day
New aerial photography survey of London was completed in just one day. Previous air surveys of London have taken up to 3 years to complete due to weather and complexities of air traffic restrictions across one of the busiest air spaces in the world. The GeoInformation Group, along with its flying partner Aerodata International Surveys, was able to survey and collect over 4500 images across London in one flight. These images are geographically accurate and will be processed into one seamless, map accurate, image database.
RapidEye Library expands
RapidEye announced that satellite imagery of over 95% of India is now available in the RapidEye Library. Much of the country has been collected cloud-free, with the remainder containing less than 10% cloud cover.
TerraSAR-X ELEVATION product
Infoterra GmbH has announced the first element of its TerraSAR-X ELEVATION product suite. Featuring a 10m grid spacing and an absolute height accuracy of up to 5m, the TerraSAR-X ELEVATION DSM is now operationally available for areas as small as only 500 sqkm, and up to full regional coverage, worldwide.
TanDEM-X satellite launched
The TanDEM-X, twin satellite to TerraSAR-X, was launched successfully from Baikonur in Kazachstan. Together, the two satellites will spend three years collecting stereo radar data for a global digital elevation model of the Earth’s entire landmass. This DEM will feature a global homogeneity and a relative accuracy of better than 2 m (10 m absolute) for a 12 m grid. Infoterra will be conducting the commercial marketing of this DEM.
CARIS announces Bathy Database 3.0
CARIS released Bathy DataBASE 3.0, built on the CSAR Framework that provides support for the display and manipulation of billions of points in both 2D and 3D. It now supports the USGS grid format data and also allows its bathymetry to be easily exported to KMZ for display in Google Earth. This release also provides improved land and sea data integration allowing topographic DEMs to be seamless combined and managed with bathymetric surfaces.