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Drones hit the big time.......
Very useful tech story over at The Guardian on the increasing civilian applications of drones (or UAVs to to the rest of us). The is a useful summary of the current status quo, perhaps the most telling part is this: "Companies like this have to operate under strict legislation. Our flight in Chelsea Physic Garden required an operator's licence, permission from the Civil Aviation Authority and the police. Because of the urban environment, flight was limited to 100 feet and the local heliport had to be informed as soon as the vehicle was in the air. In the US, any commercial flight is banned." UAVs offer a fascinating future for remote sensing....be warned, its going to be a bumpy road!

posted on: Sat, 09 Feb 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Landsat Infographic
Nice Landsat Infographic from NASA/USGS

posted on: Thu, 07 Feb 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Jonathan Amos on Landsat 8
With the launch of Landsat 8 just 23 days away expect to see plenty of Landsat glorification going on. Jonathan Amos has a nice summary piece, with plenty of imagery (see great example below), outlining the mission from the beginning and its future. Well worth a read.

posted on: Sat, 19 Jan 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Everything You Need to Know about Landsat 8
Everything You Need to Know about Landsat 8

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

Best Digital Globe
Great set of images at the BBC....... the winner is perhaps not a surprise (it is good), but look at the full set of 20. Space Shuttle is my pick.

posted on: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

2012 from Space
Some great images from the BBC

posted on: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Landsat 5 Decommissioned
It is with great sadless that we learnt of the passing away of an old friend today. At the grand old age of 29, Landsat 5 was put out of its misery due to lack of capability and, well, simply being too old....

posted on: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

More NPP VIIRS images
A great series of images showing night time imagery from VIIRS (you need to click on the image to get the slideshow). Great catch Josie, thanks! UPDATE: and over at EOID and again

posted on: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

EPoD - be stunned by nature
I stumbled across NASAs Earth Science Picture of the Day a while back after doing some research around another of my favourite RSS feeds, NASAs Earth Observatory Image of the Day. This is arguably better (but maybe I'm just used to satellite imagery now!), in part because the imagery is far more varied and therefore the accompanying discussion fascinating. I learn a huge amount from the variety on display here with often stunning photography. And as a sometimes keen photographer it is interesting to look at the metadata for the imagery to see how they were shot.

posted on: Tue, 04 Dec 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

What do you do with an old spy satellite?
Good question and one that was reported during the summer - a better than Hubble pair of left-over military hardware that was never used (and can "spot a dime on top of the Washington monument"!) and goign for begging. Only $100,000 to store whilst you make up your minds. AnNyway, NASA is now asking the community what they want to investigate.

posted on: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

ArduSat
I know this did the rounds a while back but the remote sensing and Arduino worlds have firmly collided with the great ArduSat project. A tiny 10x10cm cubesat packed with lots of sensors that are Arduino controlled. Trying to launch summer 2013 but I guess see how the project develops. It went forward for extended funded up to $100,000 which was successful so interesting to see how it goes!

posted on: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

NPP VIIRS Specifications
After the earlier blog post on day-night imaging I was interested to see what the exact specifications of NPP VIIRS are.... the NASA site had been down probably because of the interest in Hurricane Sandy, however it now seems available again. But there is very little information on the sensor itself somewhat surprisingly - even the Raytheon spec sheet is quite spartan. So no farther forward although I hope we'll get more details in the coming months.

posted on: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Another Q: Landsat equatorial crossing time?
I had another good question in class last week as to why the Landsat missions have/had a ~10am UTC equatorial crossing time....

posted on: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Satellite imaging at night
I was asked in-class this week about imaging the Earth's surface at night...... does it happen? The short answer is yes, it can, but generally doesn't for much of the Earth-resource imaging that takes place....

posted on: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Wake Island
Quite a remarkable image of Wake Island.....clearly the economy is limited!!

posted on: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Reuters remote sensing links
A slew of Reuters remote sensing links which is quite refreshing. Possibly worth pointing out that we are now in the middle of World Space Week, not that you'd know it!...

posted on: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Google Cloud access to Landsat archive
This is a nice catch on accessing the Landsat archive. As with all things Landsat, its organised by path/row of individual scenes....

posted on: Sat, 22 Sep 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Perfect KAP camera??
Well, Nikon made a big splash by announcing the D600, the first consumer level full-frame (FX) DSLR (and plenty of reviews)....

posted on: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

KAP Camera Coverage
When mission planning for a Kite Aerial Photo (KAP) survey it's useful to know the approximate coverage of each photo and pixel size....

posted on: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

SPOT 6 Launches
Yup, the continuation of the SPOT mission is good with the launch of SPOT 6 (spotted by GoGeo). A little history here and an odd location for initial imagery. The Gibraltar image looks impressive!

posted on: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Remote Sensing of the Environment: Landsat Special Issue
Well the Landsat party just continues with this 17-paper special issue over at Remote Sensing of the Environment. Some good intro papers on the history of Landsat, forthcoming LDCM and then a mix of review and research papers on some of the common (primarily ecological) applications. Good stuff.....bookmark.

posted on: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

40 years of Landsat
A nice cover image and article over at PE&RS celebrating 40 years of Landsat missions. The cover article looks at the analysis of the first ever Landsat scene which is a pleasant bit of nostalgia - and perhaps provides an excellent example of the power of multispectral remote sensing in identifying surface features.

posted on: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

NEXTMap World 30
Intriguingly Intermap has just release another global DEM in the form of the NEXTMap World 30. Perhaps the most useful document to read is the technical review which contains a fair bit of detail on the product - that is, its a fusion of ASTER GDEM, SRTM and GTOPO. They clearly believe that their experience in fusing data products has led to the production of the "best available" near-global DEM under the NEXTMap badge. I'm not going to argue and it'll be interesting to see how many people start using this.

posted on: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

MER Panorama
NASA has released a new panorama from ne of the rovers on Mars which shows an incredibly detailed image of the Martian surface. Nice viewing!

posted on: Mon, 09 Jul 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

What's the story....
....morning glory

posted on: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Aerofilms Historic Collection
A great BBC narrated clip on the Aerofilms collection.... watch the Britain from Above project as it develops. Completion 2014.

posted on: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Some remote sensing news old and new.....
Old: news from Voyager 1 New: X37-B

posted on: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Get voting people....
....them there is some amazing images

posted on: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

SpaceX Success
So on the face of it a perfect mission - launch, manoeuvres, docking, unloading, loading and return. I guess once the Dragon gets back to SpaceX and is unloaded they get a better picture. For something so complex, it will never be perfect and the vast amount of data recoded during the mission will be invaluable in nailing the many problems that must have been uncovered. That doesn't detract from the remarkable achievement - and the almost inevitable $1.6B contract. No pressure then!

posted on: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

8 years of Cassini in 5 minutes.... stunning
Posted from here, a spell binding view of Saturn.....

posted on: Mon, 28 May 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Docked and hatch opened
The title about says it all....none the less exciting stuff!

posted on: Sun, 27 May 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

SpaceX Dragon close to docking
Well the success of the SpaceX mission continues with the Dragon capsule successful grabbed by the ISS (more details). It's a remarkable achievement by any standards, particularly for a first mission. It would be fascinating to see a comparison of costs with a similar NASA mission! Let's see if the full docking completes successfully this weekend.

posted on: Fri, 25 May 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

SpaceX - successful launch
After the disappointing postponement of Saturday's scheduled slot, SpaceX successfully launched their Dragon freight capsule on board the Falcon rocket....

posted on: Tue, 22 May 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

NDVI Differencing
During my remote sensing class in the fall term I cover some introductory level image processing techniques that can be used in quite profound ways....

posted on: Fri, 11 May 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

The king is dead (again).....
.....long live the king. And a few more days counting until the Sentinels launch.

posted on: Wed, 09 May 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

The king is dead......
.....long live the king. 262 days and counting to the launch of LDCM.

posted on: Mon, 07 May 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Envisat still in trouble.....
The Envisat mission still remains suspended with the satellite still unresponsive to communications. Great image of the satellite from Pleiades which shows there has been no substantive damage. The search goes on....

posted on: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Envisat in trouble
Not to be outdone by NASA, the European Space Agency now has it's own satellite in trouble, Envisat. Like Landsat, Envisat has done sterling service (10 years in fact) in monitoring the Earth. It's the biggest EO satellite ever launched and has a sophisticated range of sensors on board. Anyway, another "watch this space"....

posted on: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

North Korea's Satellite Ambitions....
....ended up in the Yellow Sea. Hopefully the rocket launch in North Korea hasn't escaped people's attention over the last week, not least because of the diplomatic tensions it has caused and the potential for using this launch as a test for the development of ballistic missiles. Anyway, the "reason" for the launch was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-Sung and to place an EO satellite in to orbit. Jonathan Amos has a nice piece highlighting the difficulties in rocket launch and satellite development.

posted on: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Landsat MSS back online!
And here we have it.... Landsat MSS is officially back online and collecting data (see earlier blog). According to the news item this is the first time in over a decade MSS has been collecting data and we have a raw image of, well, somewhere, to prove it. What that space.

posted on: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry