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Getting Schooled on UAVs, FAA Policy and Reality

Monday, August 18th 2014

Last week, I chaired a workshop on geospatial intelligence, part of the Space and Missile Defense Symposium's STEM program. During the morning session we focused on domestic homeland security and convened a panel of public safety officials from the Huntsville, Alabama region. Panelists included...

UAVs vs. Small Sats - Which has the more viable business model today?

Monday, August 11th 2014

In an article published today in the Wall Street Journal, John Hickey, the No. 2 safety official at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), told a United Nations meeting over the weekend that regulatory approval to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) alongside commercial aircraft is "not...

White House: Tackling Data from Earth Observation Systems & Reviews Apps for Disaster Response

Tuesday, July 29th 2014

The White House is keeping busy. In two separate efforts the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is reviewing geospatial technology initiatives in earth observation systems and in disaster response and recovery. On July 18th, the OSTP released a report on the National Plan for Civil...

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...

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