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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...

Landsat 8 Image: Fire at Iraq Oil Refinery

Friday, June 20th 2014

USGS shared this Landsat 8 image from June 18 It shows a plume of smoke billowing from a large oil refinery in Baiji, Iraq. Located about 130 miles north of Baghdad, the Baiji plant is Iraq’s largest oil refinery, providing much of the region’s fuel for electricity and transportation. An attack...

GIS Education News Weekly: Old Open Content, Community College Action, Mountain Bike Map

Thursday, June 19th 2014

Old GIS Open Education Resource Content Available Ever heard of GITTA? GITTA (Geographic Information Technology Training Alliance) is a platform offering e-learning content as Open Educational Resources (OER). A pool of over 40 e-learning lessons covers the following thematic areas: GI...

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