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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 | 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

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 | 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

SPOT archive to be opened for non-commercial use
I missed this earlier in the year, but the SPOT archive (older than 5 years) is to be opened up, free, for non-commercial use. Should start becoming available later in the year.

posted on: Sat, 03 May 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Data maintenance and recovery
Several things landed across my desk this week which reminded me of the the thorny problem of file formats, data media, archival and redundancy....

posted on: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Sentinel 1 First Images
The first images from Sentinel 1 are now in - see the general Sentinel page over at ESA or look at a nice IOTD over at NASA

posted on: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Happy Birthday Landsat 7
15 years and counting with plenty of good data behind it - nice primer over at the USGS (and just think what you can legally do at 16!)

posted on: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Light Signatures
Know your cities!!! This is ONE GREAT QUIZ.... I got 11/16 which t'aint too bad!

posted on: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Tournament Earth 2014 Winner!
Here it is!!

posted on: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

More Proba V
Strange how the timing of things happening, but the table of contents for the International Journal of Remote Sensing's Special Issue: SPOT-VEGETATION - Fifteen years of success: What's next? dropped in to my inbox.... does what it says on the tin!

posted on: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Proba V Data Products
This one had slipped past my radar (O dear....). Those with slightly longer memories will remember the introduction of VEGETATION on board SPOT 4 and 5, with PROBA designed to provide a continuation of this data. PROBA was a technology micro-satellite demonstrator (with the CHRIS hyperspectral imager), so fast forward a decade and PROBA-V is not only operational but its data (300m 4-band multispectral, although 100m at nadir) is freely available. Nice PDF factsheet and direct to ESA for image downloads. (thanks to Paolo for the tip!)

posted on: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Disruptive Satellite Imaging Startups
Nice article on the disruptive nature of new satellite imaging startups being venture capital funded (good catch Paolo!)

posted on: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Heavenly Sentinels
A nice summary article by Jonathan Amos over at the BBC on the EUs Sentinel series of satellites. Provides a good upbeat message for this ambitious EO programme, the impact of the Landsat programme (and how the removal of the $600 fee increased usage) and the future potential for the Sentinels, their use and space activities for the EU.

posted on: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Tournament Earth: the Semi-Finals
Go there - VOTE!

posted on: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Tournament Earth is back!!
Tournament Earth is back! GET YOUR VOTES IN!

posted on: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Pisa Scanning
Nice pick-up at GoGeo on interior scanning of the leaning tower of Pisa - difficult job and great tech!

posted on: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Earthrise
See Earthrise as Apollo 8 saw it in 1968 - for the first time. Fabulous Earth Observatory and great NASA video.

posted on: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Digital Globe Best Image
Cast your votes! Some corkers here.....

posted on: Mon, 09 Dec 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Hexaheaven
Everyone's at it!!

posted on: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

SPOT VEGETATION Data
Nice pickup by GoGeo on free SPOT VEGETATION data with the impending end of the product. Comparable with AVHRR and worth a punt if you need wide coverage

posted on: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

European Space Agency Earth Images
Some cracking ESA images over at DPReview - take a look!

posted on: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Homemade drones.....
Nice video over at the BBC on a drone enthusiast and some great aerial videos. WATCH IT!

posted on: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Long live the king.....
Landsat 5 is no more...... On June 5, 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey Flight Operations Team transmitted the last command to the Landsat 5 satellite, effectively terminating the mission 29 years, 3 months and 4 days after its launch by NASA from Vandenberg Air Force Base on March 1, 1984....

posted on: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Landsat 8 Fully Operational
Landsat 8 is now fully operational as the EROS Data Centre run by the USGS had control passed over to it - get downloading them there data!

posted on: Mon, 03 Jun 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

The Long Swath
Great post from the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day - this is 9000km swatch running from Russia all the way down through Africa offering stunning images along the route. It was captured shortly after the calibration and testing of LDCM completed and it was moved into its operational orbit - note its not due to enter full operational status until late May. Watch the video FULL SCREEN. It is stunning. And check out further details of "The Long Swath" which includes a fabulous GigaPan at full resolution.

posted on: Thu, 16 May 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Landsat 8: Landsat Data Continuity Mission
This passed me by for some reason last year, but a great summary on the Landsat Data Continuity Mission is available over at Remote Sensing of Environment. Gives a lot of detail on the instruments a is a great pre-cursor read to the impending wide availability of data.

posted on: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Antarctic Archive Data
Jonathon Amos provides a nice overview of a team that put together a mosaic of archive data of Antarctica (published in The Cryosphere which is open access) from the 3-week long Nimbus-1 satellite from 1964. Its a great example of the importance of old data and how it adds to our knowledge of the Earth system.

posted on: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

And the winner is....
submarine volcano eruption. Coooooool.

posted on: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

First satellite image
Well almost.....i09 shown the first weather satellite image of the Earth. This was taken from TIROS 1, a research satellite launched in 1960 to test the efficacy of remote observation from space....

posted on: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

LDCM Calibration
Nice article over at EO IofD as NASA/USGS prepare to ready LDCM for full operation status. As they say in the article....."You don’t just strap a satellite to a rocket, launch it, and voilà, it takes measurements." There's a bucket load more stuff to do. Worth having a read and watch as LDCM is prepared for routine data collection.

posted on: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

The Final
Cast your vote

posted on: Fri, 05 Apr 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry