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

Maxar Technologies recently 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 the long-term partnership between Esri and Maxar 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... (read more)
2019-07-23 12:44:50

Airbus Strengthens Imagery Capabilities with Vision-1

Airbus has enlarged its high-resolution imagery portfolio following an agreement to leverage capacity from the S1-4 satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). This imagery from Vision-1 delivers full end-to-end imaging operations to Airbus’ customers. Vision-1 provides 0.9m resolution imagery in the panchromatic band and 3.5m in the multispectral bands (NIR, RGB), with a 20.8km swath width. These specifications are ideal for defence, security and agriculture applications, while the extra revisit opportunity further strengthens Airbus’ satellite fleet. “This new asset will reinforce our monitoring capabilities for sub-metre imaging and feed our OneAtlas digital platform to provide increased freshness,” said... (read more)
2019-07-04 10:09:42

Slingshot Aerospace Receives US$5m Funding for Space Geospatial Intelligence Platform

Slingshot Aerospace, an advanced analytics company, has announced US$5 million in seed funding. The round was led by ATX Venture Partners with participation from new investor Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund – the Washington DC-based investment firm founded by former AOL Co-founder Steve Case focused on high-growth companies scaling outside of coastal tech hubs. The investment had additional participation from previous investors Okapi Capital, Stage Venture Partners, Sway Ventures and Techstars Ventures. “Slingshot is on the cutting edge of applying AI, Machine learning and big data analytics to geospatial and orbital exploration at a time when insights are more needed than ever,” said Colin Greenspon, Partner... (read more)
2019-04-24 10:57:21

PlanetObserver Enters Partnership with Airbus to Distribute VHR Geospatial Data in Europe

PlanetObserver, provider of value-added geospatial data for civil and military solutions, has announced a new partnership with Airbus Defence and Space, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services, to distribute their portfolio of very high resolution imagery and elevation products and services in Europe. In addition to its own range of global medium resolution imagery and elevation products, PlanetObserver now offers very high resolution Pléiades and SPOT imagery along with WorldDEM elevation data, just to name a few, and the new OneAtlas Data services for smarter decision making. The Earth Observation market is aspiring for increasingly more high... (read more)
2019-03-26 09:06:02

DMC Constellation Strengthens Wide Area Monitoring Capabilities

Airbus Defence and Space is now offering new capabilities for wide area monitoring through the DMC Constellation, bringing increased resolution (12 to 24m) and extra spectral bands, including Red-Edge, Blue, Coastal Blue and Panchromatic. These new assets will boost key capabilities for agriculture, environmental monitoring and disaster management applications. Complementing existing DMC Constellation satellites, this expansion of imaging capability is possible through exclusive commercial imagery agreements for the Alsat-1B satellite mission with the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), and for the KazSTSAT satellite mission with Ghalam LLP. This ensures partners leverage Airbus’ expertise in end-to-end mission operation services, while improving Airbus... (read more)
2019-03-06 10:09:28

Technologies for the Future: A Lidar Overview

Building the Capability for High-density 3D Data
Point clouds can be captured by an ever-increasing number of means to understand the surrounding reality and detect critical developments. Diverse applications of 3D laser scanning or ‘Lidar’, which is a technology on a sky-rocketing path to be used for mapping and surveying, are changing the way we collect and refine topographic data. Which technologies and processes are building the capability for high-density 3D data? This article outlines the latest industry developments. National topographic databases store data refined from field measurements, imagery and laser scanning data at certain specifications and purposes, but lack the ability to adapt to ever-changing needs... (read more)
2019-02-28 09:50:53

Airbus Turns Imagery into Insight with The OneAtlas Platform

Airbus Defence and Space has released a brand new version of The OneAtlas Platform, its collaborative environment to easily access premium imagery, perform large-scale image processing, extract industry-specific insights and benefit from Airbus assets for solution development.  “The OneAtlas Platform is the cornerstone of disseminating our imagery and services. It provides immediate access to data and analytics and gets it into the hands of many more users and partners to create new business opportunities,” said Francois Lombard, head of the Intelligence Business at Airbus Defence and Space.  The OneAtlas Platform provides access to data within the Living Library as well... (read more)
2019-02-20 02:26:31

Point Clouds as the Future Topographic Core Data

Technologies and Means towards a Paradigm Shift
Could 3D point cloud data be used as the framework for topographic information in the future? Point clouds can be captured with an ever-increasing number of means from ground-based, airborne and spaceborne platforms to understand the surrounding reality and detect critical developments. What are the future technologies and processes that will build the capability for high-density 3D data? This article explores the possibilities based on the latest developments in the industry. ‘Data on demand’ is a recognized megatrend in the geospatial industry. National topographic databases store data refined from field measurements, imagery and laser scanning data at certain specifications and... (read more)
2019-02-05 01:55:30

Airbus Adds Crop Growth Monitoring Service to Precision Farming Portfolio

Airbus has launched an innovative service called Verde that delivers detailed crop analytics from satellite imagery, perfectly clipped to the field and accurately de-clouded. Served as plug-and-play API to any precision agriculture portal, Verde provides reliable and quantified measures of the vegetation, consistent over time and space, whatever the satellite used. The new service primarily addresses in-season monitoring, to help detection of anomalies and optimize field scouting, irrigation, seeding, fertilization and crop protection. It is also of interest for off-season analysis, thanks to multi-year series of analytics, in order to review the farming strategy, define management zones based on persistent... (read more)
2019-02-05 01:28:05

Esri Relaunches ArcGIS for Developers

Esri has announced major changes to ArcGIS for Developers, providing an enhanced mapping experience that is more accessible and affordable. These changes include a pay-as-you-go plan for all of Esri's location-based services, a decrease in the price of routing transactions, and a commercial app deployment experience for developers. This new experience brings the power of mapping to all developers and provides greater simplicity and flexibility. Esri has introduced a new monthly payment structure for the Builder plan in its developer subscription. The Builder plan is now offered at a monthly subscription rate of US$125. They have also introduced a 10% discount... (read more)
2019-01-17 05:28:52
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