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Wikileaks posts "new" proposed OS business model
Wikileaks has posted a presentation purporting to originate from the OS outlining a change to their business model....

posted on: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

EO-1 Open for Tasking
After the news last week of the death of TopSat, it is good to see that NASA have opened up EO-1 for tasking. EO-1 was "launched on November 21, 2000 as part of a one-year technology validation/demonstration mission." Its been very successful and lasted considerably longer than most thought. It carries the ALI multi-spectral (10m Pan and 30m MS) and Hyperion hyperspectral (220 30m bands) sensors. If you are in need of data then visit the Data Acquisition Request page and submit a request; this will be reviewed and, if deemed appropriate, tasked.

posted on: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

And as if by magic.....
Twitter announces the addition of geolocation to tweets. Its currently being added to the API (with it's implementation being made available to developers) and thereafter to the interface. To be honest, that's all the announcement says and I imagine lat/long will come out of the 140 characters. No information on how location will be implemented although All Points notes that its likely to use GeoRSS.

posted on: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

TopSat is dead. RIP.
I blogged a while back about the availability of TopSat for academic research and whilst the data I received was not great it did provide very good data for many users....

posted on: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Field spec processing scripts
I've been involved with a project looking at the reflectance of loess and seeing how well this correlates with traditional measures, including magnetic susceptibility and grain size....

posted on: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Cookie Cutter scripts
I copied in an earlier blog the abstract for a paper I had published earlier this year on calculating material volumes of landforms (drumlins in this case)....

posted on: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 | path: /glaciology | permanent link to this entry

Aeryon UAV
The UAV market continues to develop at a pace. The Aeyron Scout as an example of a neat quadcopter design for military and security applications....

posted on: Sat, 08 Aug 2009 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

New JISC-OS License: devil is in the detail....
EDINA proudly announced a license renewal of OS data for the digimap collection which included a variation to the original agreement and some new clauses....

posted on: Fri, 07 Aug 2009 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Get your own satellite in to orbit
You've heard of personal computers well now it's time to own your own personal satellite. Space Fellowship has a nice story on tube satellites. For $8,000, yes $8,000 (!), you get to place your own satellite in to a decaying orbit. It last for a few weeks, but this is no toy. The kit includes the satellite’s structural components, safety hardware, solar panels, batteries, power management hardware and software, transceiver, antennas, and microcomputer and as long as it stays within the 0.75kg weight limit you can design your own experiment including, for example, remote video monitoring. Plenty of scope for some innovative amateur work here.

posted on: Fri, 07 Aug 2009 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry