C-Astral Fields Mini UAS ATLAS C4EYE in Benchmark Trials with NATO Forces

C-Astral, a Slovenian integrator of small unmanned systems and a member of the Terra Drone group, has announced it has been successfully fielding its new mini UAS ATLAS C4EYE (Advanced Technology Light Acquisition/ATAK System) in a series of closed trials, involving the cooperation of manned, unmanned and NATO JTAC assets. The 2.6kg blended-wing-body platform has been going through a flight and feasibility testing phase and is now entering the operational phase, with multiple procurement contracts being currently negotiated. The system is currently among the most advanced mini UAS system in its category with more advanced capabilities than the industry standard... (read more)
2019-10-15 11:18:53

Airbus and Sobloo Announce Finalists of Multi-Data Challenge within Copernicus Masters 2019

Airbus has unveiled the names of the three finalists for the 'Airbus - Sobloo Multi-Data Challenge' organised as part of the Copernicus Masters 2019. This international competition recognizes pioneering solutions, concepts and ideas for industry and society based on Earth observation data. Annually, different prize categories reward innovative candidates, in the fields of deep learning, big data analytics, smart mobility and industry 4.0. The 'Airbus - Sobloo Multi-Data Challenge' was especially looking for value-added solutions that use both Copernicus and Airbus Earth observation data. These services should also provide insight and have impact on areas like Natural Resources Consumption, Agriculture,... (read more)
2019-10-09 09:47:50

Updating the Cadastre in Ecuador

Using Photogrammetry and Lidar Data
The integration of photogrammetry and Lidar can generate synergies and economic savings. The two techniques were used together to detect irrigation and drainage canals for a project aiming to improve irrigation methods and create the related land registry in the province of El Oro in Ecuador. For over 60 years, the decentralised provincial government in El Oro, Ecuador, has been committed to the agro-productive development of the province. As part of this, it has promoted the construction, management and maintenance of a network of irrigation and drainage canals, thus supporting investments in the agro-productive sectors. To improve the efficiency of... (read more)
2019-09-12 09:32:35

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
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