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Private and Public Colleges Urge FAA to Allow Researchers to Use Drones

Monday, July 28th 2014

Tiny Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts took the lead on an open letter (pdf) sent to the Federal Aviation Administration last week to protest that researchers don't have access to the same hobbiest model planes that ten year olds do. Current regulations prevent commerical users and...

GIS Health News Weekly: Animal and People Pathogens

Friday, July 25th 2014

Map Pathogens in Man and Animal for Prevention Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health are building the world's most comprehensive database describing human and animal pathogens. Called the Enhanced Infectious Diseases (EID2) database it maps the...

How You Always Wanted to Order Satellite Data: Airbus’ Satellite Tasking is a Reality

Monday, July 21st 2014

Ordering satellite data always seemed difficult. You had to know that path and scene to order; determine how much cloud cover was present in the scene and make certain that the date was what you needed. In a leap forward, Airbus Defense and Space has integrated a new ordering process making this...

Google Begins Selling its Aerial Imagery

Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Vinay Goel, Product Director, Google Maps for Business shared the news on the Google Enterprise Blog.  Today, we’re launching Google Maps for Business imagery, offering businesses the chance to purchase and use Google Earth imagery for the first time. This gives them access to...

Esri UC: Mapping Elections, Launching an LBS Startup and Exploiting WAMI

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

These are some of the interesting stories and products I ran into during a single day at the Esri User Conference. Mapping Elections on TV Esri Australia worked with a TV station ABC7 for the 2013 election. With just a few weeks between making an “in kind” agreement, the tech staff whipped up...

First Images Released from SkySat-2

Friday, July 11th 2014

Skybox has released the first images taken from SkySat-2 (untuned and not yet calibrated). According to Skybox, "These images, taken today of Port-au-Prince, Haiti (upper, July 10) Bangor, Maine (lower) and were, captured within 48 hours of the launch of SkySat-2 on July 8th, 2014. Below...

Want to Know How the U.S. Army Thinks about Geospatial Engineering?

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

You can learn about both the theory and practice in this 48MB PDF titled Geospatial Engineering. It's ATP 3-34.80, dated June 23, 2014. From the introduction: Geospatial engineers aid in the analysis of physical and cultural terrain and other activities that significantly contribute to...

NASA Launches OpenNEX: An Open Computing Platform, Educational Forum and Competition for Ideas on Climate Resiliency

Friday, June 27th 2014

This past week, NASA's Office of Science and Technology Policy launched OpenNEX, a program to engage both the scientific community and citizens on climate resiliency. The program consists of online lectures on climate change, labs on the basics of remote sensing and cloud computing as well as a...

DigitalGlobe Can’t Catch a Break; Stock Continues to See Downward Pressure

Monday, June 23rd 2014

DigitalGlobe (DGI) can't seem to catch a break. It's stock price is under enormous pressure and just when you think it will bounce back, it gets slammed by more, seemingly, bad news. Today, it's stock price is down approximately 3% after dropping nearly 10% last week on news that Google will buy...

US UAS News: No Drones in National Parks, but Drones May Visit Titan

Monday, June 23rd 2014

There's a plan for the National Park Service to push rules prohibiting drones in parks without a permit. The park service is ordering all 401 of its parks to instate new rules that would ban the launch, landing, and flight of drones within park grounds. Parks would still be allowed to grant...

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