Satellite-based Environmental Monitoring

A group of Saudi Arabian and European partners have completed a project to implement and provide satellite based environmental information products and services to the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The environmental monitoring covers all four environmental domains "land - air - coast - marine" and follows previous experience gained in the European GMES - "Global Monitoring for Environment and Security" programme. The providers are Summit Geoservices (KSA) and a European team lead by GAF and consisting of DLR, Germany and e-GEOS, Italy. The environment has become a synonym for quality of... (read more)
2010-03-04 12:22:53

Multi-temporal Satellite Imagery

Taiwan lies at the border of the Eurasian and Philippine Sea Plates and faces the Pacific Ocean. Earthquakes and typhoons are the two main threats, and can cause landslides, debris flow, flooding and other natural hazards. In 2005 the World Bank categorised Taiwan as the most vulnerable country in the world in terms of the percentage of exposed areas and multiplicity of disasters. Given these circumstances, planning for hazard mitigation is important, as is management for hazardous conditions. Also necessary are decision-support tools for understanding firstly where disaster is likely to occur, secondly, when, and thirdly what kinds of disasters... (read more)
2011-02-22 04:05:38

Free Satellite Imaging Initiative

Satellite imaging provider DMCii has announced that it will provide free DMC constellation satellite imagery for scientists to support global environmental monitoring projects. Scientists are invited to compete for the opportunity to use the DMC multi-spectral data in their research projects. Applications will be judged on their contribution to international environmental research by an international panel of scientists chaired by Professor Alan O'Neil from the National Centre for Earth Observation.     DMC constellation data will be awarded to 5 UK and 5 Spanish science projects.  The provision of data will be coordinated by DMCii in the UK and Spanish... (read more)
2008-12-30 12:00:00

EarthCARE Satellite Contract Signed

The European Space Agency and Astrium GmbH have signed a contract worth €263m to provide the EarthCARE satellite, the sixth Earth Explorer mission of ESA's Living Planet Programme. As prime contractor, Astrium GmbH is responsible for the satellite's design, development and integration. The contract was signed in Berlin on the occasion of the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) by Volker Liebig, ESA's Director of Earth Observation, Evert Dudok, CEO of Astrium Satellites and Uwe Minne, Director of Earth Observation and Science at Astrium GmbH (Friedrichshafen), in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and Head of... (read more)
2008-05-28 09:16:45

Satellite Imagery of Israel's Fires

A satellite map of the Israeli disaster area was used by Emercom of Russia during their assistance in fire-fighting activities near Haifa city. Detailed imagery of IKONOS satellite from 4th December was used by ScanEx specialists to prepare and provide a satellite map of the fire-stricken are, where fire blazes and smoke plumes were detected.  The fires have been raging near the city of Haifa - the third in size city in Israel - starting 2nd December. According to the estimates of the experts over 2,000 hectares of forest have been burnt and over 40 people died. Fire brigades from... (read more)
2010-12-13 10:37:26

GOES-O Satellite Successfully Launched

The latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-O, soared into space after a successful launch from Space Launch Complex 37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday 28th June 2009. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-O satellite will improve weather forecasting and monitor environmental events around the world. The satellite is the second to be launched in the GOES N series of geostationary environmental weather satellites.     Approximately 4 hours and 21 minutes after launch, the spacecraft separated from the launch vehicle. The Universal Space Network Western Australia tracking site in Dongara monitored the spacecraft... (read more)
2009-06-29 09:33:10

Satellite Imagery: An Aerial Alternative

Remote sensing projects often begin with the question: 'Should I use aerial imagery or satellite imagery?' During long-term projects, this question may arise again, particularly when unforeseen circumstances change the ability to collect data, the reliability of the data or the scope of the work. Budgets, technology and government restrictions constantly change, making it critical to choose the right data inputs. There are a number of key parameters that must be taken into account when beginning any remote sensing project. These include the size and accessibility of the area of interest, the timeliness of the data, whether the data can... (read more)
2020-08-25 02:05:08

SPOT 7 Satellite Commercially Launched

SPOT 7, the Earth-observation satellite designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space, was commercially launched on 2 December, making its high-resolution imagery available to all users. Together with SPOT 6, Pléiades 1A & 1B, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X, SPOT 7 makes Airbus Defence and Space the first operator in the world to offer customers a full palette of Earth-imaging data spanning multiple resolution and spectral wavelengths. This satellite constellation opens up opportunities for many applications, providing the latest images within an exceptional time frame. With the joined and integrated operation of SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 the acquisition capacity is... (read more)
2014-12-03 08:30:00

Trimble Expands RTX Satellite Coverage

Trimble has expanded coverage of its satellite-delivered Trimble RTX technology to most of the world. RTX technology enables Trimble xFill: a new technique in RTK and VRS surveying that allows surveyors to continue working in the event that the primary RTK or VRS correction stream is not available. The announcement was made at Trimble Dimensions 2012. Trimble RTX technology, first introduced in 2011, combines real-time data and innovative positioning algorithms to deliver centimeter accuracy around the world. While RTX technology is available worldwide via IP and cellular delivery methods, Trimble RTX has been available via satellite L-Band only in North... (read more)
2012-11-09 09:33:29

Sharper Satellite Images Guide Farmers

In the two years since DMCii added 22m multispectral imagery to its geospatial data portfolio, the detailed satellite views of the Earth's surface have proved to be useful tools for farmers facing growing challenges, such as the pressure to reduce fertiliser costs.     Acquired from the latest generation of DMC imaging satellites: UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1, this new class of data is employed every season for precision agriculture across countries including the US, Canada, the UK, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Lithuania, Russia and Japan, and accounts for 50% of DMCii's annual growth.   In precision agriculture, satellite data is used... (read more)
2011-11-15 09:23:00
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