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Drone Rangers
Great short "Future Works" film from The Economist on the Drone Rangers..... very nicely researched and presented looking at monitoring poaching in South Africa, to disaster response in the USA and then construction site monitoring. Lots of nice examples (thanks to Paolo for passing on).

posted on: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry

Environment Agency LiDAR to become open data
Great news over at the Environment Agency blog noting that their extensive LiDAR back catalog will (from September 2015) become open data available from Datashare. This is a a valuable data source and one of the most extensive LiDAR datasets available for the UK.

posted on: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Be bold, Be Blad
DPReview report on the latest aerial camera range from Hasselblad, the A5D. These are medium format cameras that compete directly with the Phase Range range I reported on earlier (the 80MP iXU180). Three models at 40, 50 and 60 MP, with up to 14 stops dynamic range with a 53x40 or 44x33mm sensor (technical specs here). Weighting in at 1.3kg (body only) its slightly heavier as well. Clearly the medium format aerial imaging space is heating up a lot - sales are likely much higher than bespoke large format cameras and used across a range of platforms including UAVs. Expect this to get better and cheaper with the competitive drive. Exciting times!

posted on: Fri, 05 Jun 2015 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry

USGS Earth Explorer Bulk Downloader
When wanting to download data from the USGS I've found that EarthExplorer is one of the easiest to use products and rapidly pulls together datasets that you might be interested in....

posted on: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Landsat 9 takes shape.....
A helpful press released over at NASA concerning Landsat 9.... things seem a-go with initial funding to kick things off, with gradual evolutionary development to the platform.

posted on: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Phase One iXU 180
DPReview reports on the latest Phase One Industrial medium format aerial camera, the iXU180. This is a 10,328 x 7760 sensor at an optical size of 53....

posted on: Wed, 01 Apr 2015 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry

World's most detailed wide field space photo.....
.... has now been created! This was a great project over at the BBCs StarGazing Live 2015 getting the public to submit photos of Orion to create it....

posted on: Sat, 21 Mar 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Remote sensing in the buget
Yup, its true. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the budget was the announcement that Pitcairn would be the focus of the world's largest marine reserve at 834,000 sq km, more than twice as big as the UK, with a view to preventing illegal fishing....

posted on: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Space Gaffiti
Very cool magazine short at the BBC about creating an animation from space using graffiti on the ground - this was created with four "frames" that were painted over four days and imaged daily from space (no mention of the satellite). The four frames were then turn in to an animation using the animated GIF as a file format. Cool concept.

posted on: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Ardusat for Schools
A good article over at edSurge on how Ardusat have raised money in a funding round to support the use of micro-satellites by schools for learning. Real science for real kids - inspiring.

posted on: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects Gigapan
With the scanning of Paolozz's studio outlined earlier, I promised to show the external camera processing we completed. So, with no further delay, below is the pano from the top of Paolozzi's cabin bed. All seven ScanStations are visible here. in close association with hijack and Dacapo

posted on: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Free remote sensed imagery resources
Nice pick up by Go-Geo from the Exelis blog (the makers of ENVI) on a range of resources for access to free remotely sensed imagery. Its actually in the PDF linked off the blog page. Very handy resource.

posted on: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Amazon Prime Drone
Clearly Amazon are very keen on the whole drone/UAv delivery thing.....the BBC reports on a recent FAA draft ruling that require operators to have "line of sight" with their kit. This pretty much puts paid to delivery for the time being. However expected this (air!)space to become crowded as a number of delivery operators will push for the this. I guess to start with we might see extended trials in some regions.... one to watch as it will clearly affect the wider UAV debate. And take a look at the Small UAV Coalition.... the only thing "small" is the UAV. Some big backers (see the members)behind this advocacy group...smiley happy website though!!

posted on: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: post-processing (Guest Post: Adam Goddard)
With the scan complete for the Paolozzi Studio of Objects project, our starting point was the 41.7GB of compressed data from the P20 in the form of ....

posted on: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: The BIG One
(please view the accompanying gallery to this post) I've already talked about the initial objectives of the Studio of Objects project - and I say objectives, but if we could boil it down it would simply be to "recreate Paolozzi's studio."...

posted on: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: point clouds from photogrammetry (Guest Post: James O'Connor)
(Ed: this is a guest post by James O'Connor) Whilst the main aim of the technical side of the Studio of Objects project was the use of laser scanning to reconstruct and archive the 3D geometry of Paolozzi's studio, as conserved at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, we were interested in, at least partially, trialling the use of photogrammetry to achieve the same goal and in particular Structure from motion....

posted on: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: Testing Times
(please view the accompanying gallery to this post) The initial objectives of the Studio of Objects project led us to define a technical requirements and with this a plan to rent the Leica P20 rather than use our own Leica ScanStation 2, purely from a perspective of speed and size....

posted on: Sun, 01 Feb 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Study of Objects: External Camera Image Processing
This post is slightly out-of-sequence with the earlier ones (I had meant to cover our first trial in West London scanning Paolozzi's Krazy Kat archive) but it does follow neatly from the last post on the technical setup for our external camera....

posted on: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Google Earth Pro available at no cost
As reported at Mapperz and Google Earth Blog, Google Earth Pro now appears to be made available at no cost (just signup for an extended license key)....

posted on: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: External Camera Panoramic Spheres
Following on from the last blog post (Paolozzi's Studio of Objects) I wanted to touch upon the external camera setup that we used to integrate photographic imagery with the laser scans from the Leica P20....

posted on: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: Technical Setup
In this post I briefly want to outline the technical requirements for the Paolozzi Studio of Objects project....

posted on: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: Scanning a studio.....
Following on from my (very much earlier!!) blog on "Studio of Objects" I'm involved in, I wanted to flesh out the project itself a little further and also talk about some of our initial experiences....

posted on: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

SpaceX Controlled Landing
Nice piece at the BBC reporting on SpaceX's attempt at a controlled landing on their off-shore platform of the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket. Looks like partial success which is a big leap forward for the potential reuse of rocket components. UPDATE: and the video

posted on: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

OS Terrain5 Update
The new JISC-OS Licence Agreement is out and, in terms of summary, one of the great bits of news from my perspective is the licencing of OS Terrain 5, a new product I blogged about earlier. Should be available in the Digimap store forthwith!

posted on: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

1960s Earth Revealed
A totally wonderful article on National Geographic about the recovery of "lost" satellite images of the Earth from the early 1960s when satellite imaging was in its infancy. To quote: "Earth scientists David Gallaher and Garrett Campbell liberated the data from a National Climatic Data Center archive in North Carolina, uncovering 25 boxes of magnetic tapes and photographic film from three Nimbus weather satellites launched in the 1960s and 1970s." The examples in the article are brilliant including the ecological disaster that is the shrinking of the Aral Sea. Total treasure trove for image hunters!! (and thanks to the person who sent me the link!)

posted on: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

SRTM Update
It's been a little while since I hoofed over to the SRTM webpage to take a look at what's going on......

posted on: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Drone Wars
The drone wars - how cool is this?! Get me a pod racer - NOW!

posted on: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Rosetta Closes In
Hopefully you'll have seen from all the news coverage that the Rosetta Missions is closing in on its target the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko....

posted on: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

UAV Update
Thought I'd provide a brief update on some UAVs I was observing during some collaborative work with Wagengingen....

posted on: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry

Orfeo Toolbox
Nice piece on the Orfeo Toolbox

posted on: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

WorldView 3 Up and Away
Yup, launched and shortly ready to rock-n-roll with 31cm imagery. Nice article by Jonathon Amos at the BBC

posted on: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Studio of Objects: What is Paolozzi?
Quick link to a press release for a project I'm involved in..... should be very interesting to laser scan a studio. And its as much about the use of technology, as innovative ways of engaging wider audiences. There is a very strong art history link, but linking to education and engagement. Lots of scope for some creative work!!!

posted on: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Skybox Sold
As Ive noted before, micro satellites are a hot topic. So perhaps its no surprise that Google have snapped up Skybox. Lots going on in the spatial data arena at the moment....

posted on: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

BBC hexacopter pizazz
Some great videography from the BBC

posted on: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

This drone's a'smokin!
What a great story!!

posted on: Wed, 21 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing/UAV | permanent link to this entry

Spritely
Great, positive, article on KickSat Sprites over at the BBC - these are femtosats (read "very small"!) with very limited sensors on board but went "crowd collecting" their data can add up to more than the sum of their parts. What I like about this is that it piggy-backed on a SpaceX resupply mission - technologies using one another to achieve new things using off-the-shelf components on wafer thin margins. Great stuff!

posted on: Mon, 19 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Parrot HD Drone
Nice video over at the BBC on the new Parrot HD drone - yes, wifi controlled, fisheye lens, 2km range and the virtual reality Occulus Rift headset to give a bird's eye view!

posted on: Wed, 14 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

A flock of.....
cube sats... obviously! Planet Labs Flock-1 has been in the news quite a bit since it successfully launched its initial 2 cube sats from the International Space Station....

posted on: Wed, 14 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

ALOS World 3D
Another piece of news that slipped past the radar (O dear O dear....).... JAXA is intending to produce another DEM, this time from ALOS PRISM data....

posted on: Wed, 14 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Remote Sensing in 1961
Nice piece over at Very Spatial and a link to the iconic photo below.....

posted on: Mon, 05 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry