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Glowing plants a sign of health

12 February 2014

Radiant skin is considered a sign of good health in humans, but plants also glow when they are well. 

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Sochi at night

Three months after bearing the Olympic torch outside their orbiting home, the astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) got to look down on that flame from above. On the evening of February 10, 2014, an Expedition 38 crew member on the ISS captured this digital photograph of Sochi, Russia, along the coast of the Black Sea. (Source: NASA Earth Observatory)

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Skybox Imaging Exec discusses constellation plans

Skybox Imaging Exec discusses constellation plans

12 February 2014

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Skybox Imaging has taken the first steps toward fleshing out its entire constellation of small, high-resolution Earth observation satellites. The company selected Space Systems/Loral (SSL) to build 13 identical LEO satellites, each measuring approximately 60 x 60 x 95 centimetres and weighing roughly 120 kilograms, to be launched during 2015 and 2016. Skybox came to this decision after conducting a battery of tests on SkySat 1, which was launched in November 2013.

"[SkySat 1] is performing phenomenally well. It really is performing beyond our original expectations," Julian Mann, co-founder and VP of product management at Skybox, told Via Satellite. "Although we are still in our calibration and validation phase ... the quality of data that we're seeing has really blown everybody away."

The confidence boost Skybox received from SkySat 1 has propelled them to this recent decision to partner with a larger satellite manufacturer. Delegating the production of multiple satellites will allow Skybox to stay focused on its areas of strength, namely, designing and prototyping low cost satellites as well as creating data storage and analysis software.

Source: Via Satellite


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High-res satellites help track whale populations

12 February 2014

New high-resolution satellite imagery now allows researchers to spot and count whales from space, greatly expediting population analyses used in conservation efforts, according to a new report.

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Looking forward to another 10 years of science on board the International Space Station

15 February 2014

The world can change in a decade, as we well know. The same is true in space. Over the last ten years, the International Space Station (ISS) has been producing results at an extraordinary rate. 

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34th EARSeL Symposium

16 - 20 June 2014

Organisation: European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Symposium Overview:

EARSeL is a scientific network of European remote sensing laboratories, coming from both academia and commercial/industrial sector, which covers all fields of geoinformation and Earth observation through remote sensing. All scientists, professionals and researchers involved or interested in the field of the symposium are strongly encouraged to present papers according to the following topics:

  • Scientific applications of remote sensing, emerging methods and technologies
  • Education and training in school, university, and public life
  • Capacity building at organisations and authorities involved in environmental monitoring and protection
  • Activities dealing with natural and cultural heritage
  • Remote sensing for archaeology
  • Land use and land cover, degradation and desertification
  • Urban remote sensing
  • Oceans, coastal zones and inland waters
  • Natural and man-made disasters
  • Forestry and forest fires
  • Applications related to assist developing countries: mapping, monitoring and change analysis
  • Remote sensing and its associated support to the understanding of climate change
  • Hydrological applications: water management, underground water sources, land ice and snow
  • 3D remote sensing, Radar, Lidar, Thermal Remote Sensing
  • New instruments and methods, including ground truth

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