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The State of Rain

Thursday, July 3rd 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a satellite-based rainfall monitoring dataset specifically designed to support the early detection of drought around the world. Developed as a partnership between the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Climate Hazards Group, this new dataset allows experts who specialize in the early warning of drought and famine to monitor rainfall in near real-time, at a high resolution, over most of the globe (from 50°N to 50°S).

DIA Simplifies, Opens Vendor Process to ‘Disruptive’ Ideas

Tuesday, July 1st 2014

The highly secretive Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has streamlined and put aspects of its acquisition process online to take advantage of talent and technologically “disruptive” ideas available outside its usual vendor circles. This article describes the DIA's 

New NASA Images Highlight U.S. Air Quality Improvement

Monday, June 30th 2014

Anyone living in a major U.S. city for the past decade may have noticed a change in the air. The change is apparent in new NASA satellite images unveiled this week that demonstrate the reduction of air pollution across the country.

How NASA Builds a Space Laser

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

To build a satellite that will measure all the bumps and dips of our dynamic Earth, engineers started with a black box, built of a composite honeycomb material to make it as light as possible.

Dauria Aerospace Secures Deal to Provide Full Daily Coverage with Earth Observation Imagery

Thursday, June 19th 2014

In a joint venture with Elecnor Deimos, Dauria Aerospace is looking to “bring to commercial markets the capability of providing imagery of the entire arable surface of the Earth, utilizing cloud-based technologies, for the most efficient use of an unprecedented daily revisit time,” according to Mikhail Kokorich, founder and president of Dauria Aerospace. In this conversation with Editor in Chief Joe Francica, Kokorich provides more details on the technical specifications of the satellite constellation the venture will launch and the market strategy for delivering daily coverage to consumers.

Boeing’s Geospatial Arsenal Addresses Activity-based Intelligence and Analytical Immersion

Wednesday, June 11th 2014

When you think of Boeing, geospatial technology may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But Boeing has over 600 employees in its intelligence systems division and geospatial is a core competency. Don Vance, director of Boeing’s Geospatial Programs, and Per Beith, director of Boeing’s Information Security Solutions, talked about Boeing’s expertise in providing solutions to the NGA and the rest of the intelligence community with Directions Magazine’s editor in chief, Joe Francica.

Takeaways from the 2014 Location Intelligence Summit

Monday, June 2nd 2014

Two weeks ago Directions Magazine hosted the 10th edition of its Location Intelligence event. LocationTech, HERE and Oracle Spatial and Graph programs were intertwined with the event. Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg shares her key takeaways.

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