Maxar Extends Contract with Esri for High-quality Satellite Imagery Mosaics

Maxar Technologies recently announced signed a three-year contract to continue providing its Vivid and Metro satellite imagery mosaics to Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. This new contract builds upon Esri and Maxar’s long-term partnership and demonstrates Esri’s commitment to providing ArcGIS users with the highest quality satellite imagery foundation available. Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is a collection of geographic information from around the world, including maps, apps and data layers. The World Imagery map of Living Atlas uses Maxar’s Vivid and Metro imagery mosaic products, which include some of the highest resolution, most accurate and visually consistent global image... (read more)
2019-07-23 12:44:50

Galileo Initial Services Have Now Been Restored

The GSA (European GNSS Agency) has announced that the Galileo Initial Services have now been restored. Commercial users can already see signs of recovery of the Galileo navigation and timing services, although some fluctuations may be experienced until further notice. The technical incident originated by an equipment malfunction in the Galileo ground infrastructure, affecting the calculation of time and orbit predictions, and which are used to compute the navigation message. The malfunction affected different elements on the ground facilities. A team composed of GSA experts, industry, ESA and Commission, worked together 24/7 to address the incident. The team is monitoring... (read more)
2019-07-19 08:54:07

Witold Kuźnicki

Witold Kuźnicki graduated in spatial planning studies from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and in International Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics. He has worked at the Geoinformatics Department of the Institute of Spatial Management and Housing, and subsequently gained experience in the field of satellite-based Earth observation at an IT joint-stock company. For the past 11 years he has been working for MGGP Aero, a market leader in aerial surveying solutions based on multisensor photogrammetric platforms in Central and Eastern Europe. He is responsible for business development, self-government administration applications and marketing. (read more)
2019-07-18 11:47:53

New Space Economy Era Presented at WGDC2019

‘New Space Economy Era’ was the theme of this year’s World Geospatial Developers Conference (WGDC2019), organized by Taibo and held from 9-10 July at the International Convention Center in Beijing, China. WGDC2019 brought together top geospatial information industry experts, leaders from application departments, and representatives of institutions, enterprises, investors and the media. The programme included 50-plus reports and over ten panel discussions, covering commercial aerospace, 3D scanning technology, G-TECH, high-precision maps and autonomous driving, land and space planning, smart city and digital government among other topics. The event highlighted the new space economy era against the backdrop of the integration... (read more)
2019-07-18 11:20:11

Galileo Initial Service Recovery Actions Underway

A team of experts from the European GNSS Agency, industry, the European Space Agency and the European Commission is currently implementing and monitoring recovery actions for an incident related to the Galileo ground infrastructure that resulted in temporary interruption of the Galileo Initial Services on 12 July. The key objective is to restore the Galileo navigation and timing services for users as soon as possible.  On 12 July, Galileo initial navigation and timing services were interrupted temporarily. The Galileo Search and Rescue service remains operational.  Galileo is widely used by most of the commercially available receivers. Multi-constellation GNSS receivers will... (read more)
2019-07-17 01:02:14

Five Decades of Mapping the Moon

This year, NASA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first crewed mission – Apollo 11 – landing on the moon. Besides that, this September it will be 60 years since the first unmanned mission – Luna 2 – reached the surface of the moon. Both of these milestones reflect the great contributions of the USA and the Soviet Union/Russia to space exploration, but they would not have been possible without spatial data. National Geographic has always been at the forefront of lunar mapping. At the time of the Apollo missions, crews relied on its hand-painted maps based on photos... (read more)
2019-07-15 10:17:01

Galileo Satellites Down Since Friday 12 July

The European navigation system Galileo is suffering a major outage. The satellite network has been largely down since Friday 12 July due to a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure, as the EU agency GSA reports. The incident has led to temporary interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services, with the exception of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service. The SAR service - used for locating and helping people in distress situations (e.g. at sea or in the mountains) - is unaffected and remains operational. Due to the problems, all receivers are not able to pick... (read more)
2019-07-15 08:59:06

GeoDyn Launches High-speed Universal Aerial Film Scanner

GeoDyn, known for innovative image conversion and processing technology, released and demonstrated PromptSCAN_2, a very high-speed aerial film scanner, at the recent ISPRS Geospatial 2019 in Enschede, the Netherlands. PromptSCAN_2 accurately scans aerial film with resolution of 10, 15 or 20µm at two seconds per frame for panchromatic and three seconds per frame for colour. Thanks to its highly automated loading and exposure determination, it is possible to scan a complete film of 250 frames within 15 minutes – which is 50 times faster than any other aerial film scanner. This enables the very efficient conversion of valuable aerial film... (read more)
2019-07-11 12:02:51

User-friendly Remote Sensing Data Infrastructure in France

New Services Will Stimulate Market Growth
Over the past decade, Geosud has contributed to successfully mitigating the various obstacles to the operational use of satellite imagery for environmental management and territorial development. Geosud’s role in the project will soon come to an end but the services will continue, embedded in an even better infrastructure: Dinamis. As of next year, Dinamis will provide satellite images of land, sea, air or underground, and even online image processing, for organizations related to the public sector in France. As you approach the Maison de la Télédétection in Montpellier, France, the first sight that greets you is a 5.5m-tall receiving station... (read more)
2019-07-11 10:41:00

Airbus to Develop CO3D Earth Observation Programme for CNES

The French Space Agency (CNES) has awarded the CO3D (Constellation Optique 3D) contract to Airbus. Under this agreement, Airbus will deliver a global high-resolution digital surface model (DSM). Following launch, which is expected in late 2022, the Airbus-made CO3D constellation, comprising four identical satellites, will deliver 50cm-resolution stereo imagery across the world on a daily basis. The data acquired will feed a cloud-based processing chain operated by Airbus and integrating CNES’ algorithms, to produce a cutting-edge 3D map of the Earth’s landmass. Designed to weigh approximately 300kg, the CO3D satellites will join Airbus’ fleet of optical and radar satellites, strengthening... (read more)
2019-07-09 01:45:51
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