Here’s a method of counting polar bears that’s probably safer than knocking on their doors. According to this US Geological Survey (USGS) post, satellites may be quite useful for counting, tracking, and observing polar bears. The USGS and Canadians are comparing aerial survey pictures against the satellite pictures. They are using imagery taken by DigitalGlobe satellites of parts of […]Read More Parsing Polar Bears With Polar Orbiting Satellites
Google’s maybe getting into space? This is an interesting TechCrunch article about the possible acquisition of satellite imagery company SkyBox by advertising aggregator Google. Theoretically, SkyBox is Google’s only target, but TechCrunch does float Planet Labs and RapidEye as possible targets, too. Except, SkyBox is the ONLY satellite company offering real-time streaming of High Definition video. Which might […]Read More Googs in Space?
For those people not living under a rock, there have been quite a few stories regarding the kidnapped girls in Nigeria (rock-dwellers go here to catch up). Imagine my surprise, though, at finding out that Nigeria has not just one, but two imagery satellites orbiting the Earth in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Not only that, […]Read More Can Nigerian Satellites Find Kidnapped Girls?
I just saw this post from New Zealand. It’s about a remote satellite terminal located on the very southern tip of New Zealand, on the Awarua Plains. From my Low Earth Orbit (LEO) lesson series and my “Troll: Leaving the Bridge Behind” post, you can understand why the terminal is important. You can also see […]Read More A Planet Labs Remote Satellite Terminal
Did you know the United Nations (UN) has a space fleet ready for disasters? The UN doesn’t really run the constellation, but there’s a signed charter, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, which has about 23 members involved with it. Some United States organizations are members, such as DigitalGlobe (hence Tomnod), National Oceanic and […]Read More United Nations has a space fleet?