Parsing Polar Bears With Polar Orbiting Satellites

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 […]

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Googs in Space?

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 […]

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United Nations has a space fleet?

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 […]

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