Green—a word associated with jungles, a description of newbies, in songs sung by muppets about the difficulties of being it, and songs sung by fictional spacefarers about the qualities of their homeworld. Those spacefarers might be fictional, but for certain real space imagery operators, green describes a capability of a satellite payload. Green is one […]Read More Why space matters: Imaging satellite operations, part 17—The Green Hills of Earth
Who could forget 1999’s most famous dance single? But does anyone remember the song’s group?? Enough dancing—time to talk about satellite operations until we’re blue in the face (sorry, couldn’t resist). As mentioned in the previous lesson, this lesson is about DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite and the blue spectrum of its imagery payload. Mainly, what is […]Read More Why space matters: Imaging satellite operations, part 16—“Blue are the streets, And all the trees are too”
I was perusing Google Maps earlier today to figure out a route for my motorcycle ride. I knew Route 11 was going to take me southeast out of Castle Rock, Colorado since I had driven the route before. During that last drive, I had passed what looked like a nice, paved road heading south–so I […]Read More Ground station just south of Castle Rock, Colorado?
Imagery satellites have come a long way since the Corona/Discovery program. Nowadays, there is so much more an imagery bird can deliver—and that’s what DigitalGlobe is giving to its customers. Before going on, I just want to clarify my reasons, again, for covering DigitalGlobe in this series. Primarily, they make it easy to find things. […]Read More Why space matters: Imaging satellite operations, part 13—sweeping the Earth’s surface with pixels
DigitalGlobe has been very active the past few days. Earlier this week, in this aside “Why space matters–especially when it’s close to home,” I noted they were collecting images of the floods. Well, now they’ve posted these images taken during and after the massive floods here in Colorado. There is a short explanation of what’s being […]Read More DigitalGlobe shows Colorado flood imagery